Niharika graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2009 with a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences. She joined Professor Janet Lord’s lab for her PhD undertaking a project investigating the effects of chronic stress (hip fracture and depression) on the ageing of the immune system. Since completing her doctorate she remained at Birmingham exploring the potential of lifelong physical activity to reverse the immune ageing clock and in 2017 she was awarded the Korenchevsky award by the British Society for Research in Ageing for this work.
In 2019, she was appointed as a Lecturer in the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing. Her research focuses on exploring the links between immunesenescence and increased risk of autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and the role of regulatory B cells. In addition she has also developed an interest in investigating the contribution of immunesenescence in onset of other pathological conditions, such as C. difficile infections (CDI) and the role of Faecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) as a potential intervention in these patients.
Other areas of research interest include sarcopenia and frailty and the development of multi-morbidity. More recently she has carried out research into the impact of critical injury and trauma on the rate of immunological ageing with the aim to develop biomarkers for patient stratification and development of new therapies to improve outcomes after injury.