My name is Niku Nourmohammadi and I am the Tissue Navigator at Children’s National Hospital. I completed my Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Sciences at the California State University, Los Angeles and my Master’s of Science Degree in Anatomical and Translational Sciences at the George Washington University while working as a cancer researcher.
I am passionate about helping others and making their lives better. Doing basic research in a cancer plasma medicine laboratory, I have been pursuing this goal indirectly during the past years and published two papers in the field. By conducting research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center, National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in the years of 2021 and 2022, I got chances to help patients and their family members more directly. I gained great responsibility with patient lives and developed a strong passion for research and medicine.
My clinical research interests continued in the field of neurology-oncology research at Children’s National Hospital in Washington D.C. As a tissue navigator in Dr. Nazarian’s Genetic Medicine Research I coordinate, process, and store tissue samples from surgeries and autopsies. Being a part of the Gift from a Child (GFAC) network is an honor to be able to help discover new information in the field of neurology-oncology research through generous tissue donations from resilient families. These donations allow us to develop models, new therapy plans, and efforts to treat pediatric brain tumors.
It is a privilege to be working with a talented team, the GFAC network, and scientific institutions across the country. I believe this strong collaboration with inspirational families will lead to improved survival and quality of life for children with cancer.
A Simple Two-Step Process
For the family, once a decision has been made to donate, only two things are required. The first is written consent for the child to become a tissue donor, and the second is a single phone call to a tissue navigator at the time of a child’s death to initiate the process.