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Tuiumkan Nishanova is a visiting Fulbright Scholar from University of Colorado, USA. She will be hosted by the Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit (CHHU) of UCA’s Graduate School of Development, working under the supervision of Dr. Elmira Kuchumkulova, Director of CHHU and assisting researchers at the Unit during her 10 month Fulbright fellowship. Tuiumkan obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Georgia, USA and her Master’s of Science in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado, USA. Her graduate thesis focused on molecular pathways of chemotherapy-induced bystander effects in C. elegans. For her elective work at the university, Tuiumkan took anthropology courses and actively contributed to Central Asian communities in the United States, for example hosting delegates for Open World program of Boulder-Dushanbe Sister City association and organizing courses for Eurasian Virtual Academy of Seattle-Tashkent Sister City association. She began working with Dr. Kuchumkulova during COVID-19 and their work inspired her to apply to the Fulbright program. As part of her Fulbright work, Tuiumkan will complete translation and editing of interviews for the Oral History of Rural Kyrgyzstan project of CHHU. In addition, she is looking forward to contributing to the upcoming Anthology on Women of Central Asia and many other exciting new projects at CHHU.