Nik graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in Plant Molecular Biology. She went on to pursue a doctoral degree in Cell and Molecular Biology at Stanford University. Nik joined the National Science and Technology Development Agency (Thailand) in 2010 and spent her early career working on applying advanced genomic technologies to expedite the development of new elite cultivars with desirable agronomic traits in breeding programs. In 2017, she won the Young Technologist Award for developing an affordable technology for rapid DNA marker discovery. She was also awarded the 2018 UNESCO-L’Oréal For Women in Science Fellowship for her research on coral bleaching.