Vicky Nielsen


Title: Administrative manager for the Department of Chemistry.

Duties: “First and foremost, I support [Department of Chemistry Chair] K.C. Nicolaou with his administrative needs. Secondarily, I act as the central reference point for the department. I help find information that people in the department may need about grants, budgets, hiring, etc... I help trouble-shoot administrative problems.”

Background: Born in Denmark and grew up speaking Danish as her first language.

Degree: B.A. in business administration.

Started at TSRI: 1989.

Started Working for Nicolaou: 1985.

What Keeps Her at TSRI: "Dr. Nicolaou is a good boss. We get along. That’s why I moved to San Diego. That’s why I’ve stayed so long at TSRI."

What She Enjoys Most About Her Job: "I have the opportunity to meet many students and postdocs. They teach me about different cultures and we often become good friends."

Family: Husband, Michael, and three-year-old daughter, Kristina.

Greatest Accomplishment: "My daughter!"

Comments on Being a Mother: "Having my daughter turned life ‘right-side-up.’ I enjoy seeing the world through her eyes. She has really changed my priorities."



Vicky Nielsen supports Chemistry Chair K.C. Nicolaou and acts as a central reference point for the department, providing information on grants, budgets, and hiring.