Dr. Nick Kuklinski grew up in Charlotte, N.C. where, with some pushing from an aggressive biology teacher, he was set on a path of science and teaching. What ensued were some rather disastrous experiments with a blood-glucose meter and some worms for a science fair followed by a summer internship with the Chemistry Department at Davidson University.
Dr. Kuklinski earned his bachelor of science degrees in chemistry and statistics from North Carolina State University in 2003. During his freshman summer orientation, Dr. Kuklinski’s father saw an advertisement for the university’s student peer-tutoring program and made sure his son joined before they left for home. It was a natural fit, and Dr. Kuklinski loved every minute of it, working closely with both peer tutoring and the university’s Supplemental Instruction program until he graduated. As a junior and senior, Dr. Kuklinski worked in the lab of Dr. Morteza Khaledi, which helped him solidify his desire to become an analytical chemist.
Upon graduation from North Carolina State, Dr. Kuklinski attended graduate school at Pennsylvania State University in Dr. Andrew Ewing’s lab. In 2007, he followed his research advisor to the University of Gothenburg to help setup a second lab for the group. There, he spent the remainder of his graduate career as a visiting scientist, absorbing the wonderful culture and finishing his Ph.D in analytical chemistry from Penn State in 2010. In 2011, he moved to San Antonio for his postdoc in the lab of Dr. Michelle Bushey at Trinity University, both teaching and conducting research with undergraduate students until he joined Furman's faculty in 2012.