Niketa Nerurkar

Predoctoral Associate

Engineering mouse models to understand how a combination of human risk alleles in cis-regulatory elements across multiple loci contribute to complex disease burden.

Niketa graduated from Christ University, Bangalore with a triple major B.S. in Biotechnology, Chemistry, and Zoology. Following graduation, Niketa joined Dr. Sangeeta Bhatia’s lab at MIT working as a research technician and assistant lab manager, studying liver-stage malaria and circadian patterns of drug metabolism and immune response in the liver. Now, as a graduate student in the Tewhey lab, Niketa aims to study how regulatory variants contribute to complex diseases, using the mouse as a model organism. In her free time, Niketa enjoys long walks, swimming, reading, and jamming to Taylor Swift, and 2000-2010’s pop music.

Niketa Nerurkar on orcid

Education and experience


B.Sc. in Biotechnology, Chemistry, Zoology (triple major), Christ University, Bengaluru, India. 2018