Natalia joined the lab in 2017. She completed her B.S. at Johns Hopkins University where she majored in behavioral biology and neuroscience. She attended medical school at Stanford University where she obtained a dual degree in medicine and a Master's in Epidemiology. She went on to complete her residency at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. She returned to Stanford for her vitreoretinal surgical training. She has secured multiple training grants including the Vitreoretinal surgery foundation award and the NIH Clinical Scientist Training Award. Her research focus is on novel surgical methods and women’s issues in vitreoretinal disease.