Nilu Nurinova (Dartmouth Medicine magazine intern for summer 2011) obtained her undergraduate degree in History of Middle Eastern and Central Asian countries, and Arabic Philology from Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies in Uzbekistan. Her passion for history and communications was indwelled by her father, a journalist (now retired), who had a big library collection of history, poetry, and science from the Middle East, Eastern and Western Europe, and Asia. She fell in love with Arabic and Persian literature, as well as the scientific books of great Islamic polymaths and scholars like El Birouni, El Khwarezmi, Avicenna, Omar Khayyam, and Rumi, who planted a deep appreciation of science within her and cultivated her scientific and artistic character today. While in college she also volunteered as a community health trainer and an interpreter for Operation Mercy, World Vision, and Crosslink International, which prompted her interest in health sciences.
After graduation, Nilu immigrated to the United States in the fall of 2005. She currently attends Tennessee Technological University and takes interdisciplinary courses in biology, health sciences, and applied mathematics. While in Tennessee, she has also volunteered in the pathology lab of Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, assisted as a translator and a disaster services volunteer for the Red Cross during the May 2010 flood in Nashville, and worked as a patient care associate in Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She has also been awarded two summer fellowships, one in 2009 sponsored by the National Science Foundation for biomedical research at the University of California in Riverside, and another in 2008 sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for pre-medical academic enrichment at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Nilu also plays sitar and loves painting.
Nilu's latest endeavor is founding the first, student-run science journal at Tennessee Technological University. So she is eager to advance her writing, editing, and reporting skills during her internship with Dartmouth Medicine magazine.
One day, she hopes to be a researcher on the frontiers of medical sciences and to build science schools for women and to publish her own magazine on health sciences education in third world countries.