Initially Natalia Vtyurina was trained as a fundamental physicist at Lomonosov Moscow State University (2011), however, she has always had a passion for biology. Therefore, Natalia decided to build up her career in a way she could apply her strong background in physics to explore complexity of biological systems. She successfully graduated as a PhD in biophysics from Bionanoscience department at Delft University of Technology (2016) where she studied DNA-protein interactions at single-molecule level under supervision of Dr. Elio Abbondanzieri. Natalia’s work was published in high impact journals (PNAS, Cell). This experience prompted her to proceed further towards a new challenge in biomedical research. With the ultimate purpose of discovering how to maximize the delivery efficiency of engineered nano-sized drug carriers, she has complted postdoctoral research project in the field of nanomedicines in the group of Dr. Anna Salvati at Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy (GRIP), University of Groningen (2019). Within this project she was building up a live-cell imaging platform to characterize internalization and trafficking of nanoparticles by human cells.
Natalia has a passion to become a professional who takes part in the creation of new concepts and ideas that address industrial and societal medical needs. Being social and communicative she is actively contributing to dynamic, fast moving and multicultural environment of the Controlled Release Society (CRS). She is involved in the CRS Young Scientist and International Committees. In 2019 she established a new CRS BeNeLux & France Local Chapter and was elected to be a president.
In her free time she enjoys different sport disciplines and dancing styles as well as gives sport trainings of “stretching” herself.