Natalia was born in Cádiz, Spain. In 2017 she moved to Canterbury, England to study a BSc in Biomedical Sciences with a Sandwich Year at the University of Kent. Natalia graduated in June 2021 with a First-Class Honours degree.
In her third year of University, Natalia undertook an industrial placement year at GlaxoSmithKline in the Formulation Development team within the Cell and Gene Therapy department. Here she acquired experience in the development of adoptive T cell therapies. Her placement project explored the use of alginate encapsulation for immune cell preservation.
Her final year dissertation, supervised by Dr. Tim Fenton, analysed the genomics and immune microenvironment of HPV-positive cervical cancer using bioinformatics, obtaining an average grade of 89%.
Natalia joined the Gibson Group in September 2021 and is currently undertaking a PhD funded by the European Research Council and supervised by Professor Matthew Gibson. Her research focuses on improving immune cell recovery and function after cryopreservation.
Natalia enjoys volunteering in STEM related programs. She currently volunteers at Zero Gravity, an online mentoring platform which supports state school students through the process of applying to University to study Biomedical Sciences. She was previously involved on the University of Kent BioSoc committee, where she chaired research and career talks from multiple fields during the 2020/2021 academic year. Additionally, they created "The Other Side of STEM" project in early 2021, where they collaborated with 6 other Kent societies to showcase unique talents within STEM students and workers.
Natalia is interested in interdisciplinary research areas with a strong clinical focus such as cryopreservation, cell and gene therapy and immuno-oncology.