Nimo Ahmed

University of Washington, Class of 2016
Intended Biology Major

Nimo is a 2012 graduate of Kent-Meridian High School. While in high school she worked with the Kent Chamber of Commerce, King County Work Training Program, and Lewiston Adult Education programs. Nimo also served as the Vice President of her high school's Muslim Student Association and was a mentor for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.

Education, Honors, and Awards

  • Washington Research Foundation Distinguished Undergraduate Scholar, 2012-13
  • GenOM Undergraduate Researcher, 2012-13, 2013-14
  • GenOM ALVA Intern, Summer 2012
  • 2012 graduate of Kent-Meridian High School

Research Interests

As an ALVA intern during the summer of 2012, Nimo conducted research in Dr. Yvonne Lin's lab, housed in the Department of Pharmaceutics. Nimo's research centered around the effects of long-term exposure to pesticides on cortisol levels in farmers. Cortisol is a hormone that helps regulate the metabolism of proteins, lipids and carbohydrates but in high concentrations it has been found to lead to stress, which can negatively impact health. Nimo studied urine samples from farmworkers, non-farmworkers, and their children to measure urinary cortisol levels using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) with multiple reactant monitoring (MRM). This sort of research can be helpful in determining the long-term health effects of prolonged exposure to pesticides in farmers and their families in addition to providing more information about the relationship between cortisol levels and stress.

Nimo plans to pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy following her undergraduate studies and has continued on in the Lin lab as an undergraduate researcher through the UW GenOM Project's Undergraduate Research Program.

Research Projects

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