Natalie is a PhD Candidate and a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar. She grew up in Toronto, ON and received her BScH in Microbiology from the University of Guelph in 2012. Natalie is fascinated by how microbes and human cells interact in infectious diseases and has approached this topic from multiple angles in her research. At the University of Calgary, Natalie conducted research on the human airway microbiome and diagnostic microbiology for patients with cystic fibrosis and sinusitis. At the Toronto General Hospital, she conducted retrospective antimicrobial studies to improve prescription effectiveness. In her undergraduate thesis, she studied a viral protein important for viral budding and spread.
Since moving to Vancouver, Natalie’s research has focused on how enteropathogenic E. coli and its type III secretion system manipulate mitochondria to control the death of human cells during infection. In collaboration with Dr. Chris Overall at the UBC Centre for Blood Research, her work has developed new ‘omics and bioinformatics approaches to study mitochondrial dynamics.
Interesting facts: Natalie is an avid cyclist and rock climber, and has enjoyed exploring the greater Vancouver and Washington areas on her bike. Natalie is also a devoted student advocate, working with the University and UBC student societies to improve the student experience on campus.
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