In Memoriam: Nikolay Nichiporuk
The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute mourns the tragic loss of our young colleague Nikolay (Nick) Nichiporuk, who has tragically and unexpectedly passed away.
Nick joined us in July 2019 and worked full time as a Research Assistant in the lab of Dr. Arvind Chandna. Working within this group Nick played a vital role in developing research programs towards investigating vision problems in children with brain injury, strabismus and amblyopia. Nick immersed himself in the institute and as a “good citizen” in voluntary roles in the Cerebral Visual Impairment parent support group (CVI@SKI), the weekly Brown Bag teaching sessions and as a valuable member of the recently formed Remote Research Committee.
Nick had recently returned to the University of Chicago to finish his Ph.D. while he still continued to work at Smith-Kettlewell on a part-time basis. He was a doctoral student in the Integrative Neuroscience program and was working with Professor Steven Shevell. He received his B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Nick was a rising star at Smith-Kettlewell and was planning to return to work in the Chandna Lab (Seelab) after completing his degree. He was the most generous, outgoing and co-operative person imaginable, and gave so much to all of us at the Institute as one of our most community-spirited and promising young researchers.
We miss Nick and our thoughts are also with his family and loved ones.