Natalia graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in both psychology and neurobiology. After graduating, she started to work as a research specialist at the Addiction Research Lab at UW-Madison, where she became interested in substance use disorders and the effect of stress on substance use. She is interested in exploring the effect of various types of stress on poly-substance use, as well as the effect of stress on one’s genome. She hopes to examine how individual differences in one’s environment and upbringing affects substance use, and she is especially interested in examining these differences in marginalized populations. Outside of lab, Natalia enjoys growing her own veggies, going to art museums (pre-COVID), and reading Vonnegut novels.