Nizhoni Hatch

Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

About Nizhoni

Nizhoni is an enrolled citizen of the Navajo Nation and studies biomedical sciences with minors in chemistry and Indigenous studies at Colorado State University. She currently serves her local Native community at CSU as a STEM tutor, a peer mentor to first-year Native students, and the student coordinator for Native Women’s Circle. This last fall, she was hired as an Undergraduate Lab Manager in the Indigenous Land & Data Stewards Lab under Dr. Dominique David-Chavez's supervision and mentorship, an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Natural Resource Stewardship. As a member of the Indigenous-led research team, she is helping the lab develop a framework to guide the future development of research standards. This summer, she will be conducting microbiology research by examining the impact of uranium mining on Navajo Nation soil. After graduation, Nizhoni plans to continue serving her communities as a physician and researcher focusing on creating access and change within Indigenous communities. In her spare time, you can find Nizhoni at her favorite coffee shop, The Alleycat, or hanging out in her hammock outdoors

Education

B.S. Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University, 2024