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Natalia Bastida Gutiérrez

Research Assistant II

Natalia Bastida Gutiérrez graduated from Drexel University in December 2020 where she earned her BS in Chemistry. She joined the RASR lab in October 2022 as a Research Assistant II to further her interest in medical research and contribute to the understanding of racial disparities in Alzheimer’s disease.

Her main contributions are on the Proteomics of Hypertension and Alzheimer’s Disease in African Americans (PrHADAA) project, where she assists with the preparation of both plasma and brain tissue samples for mass spectrometry analysis. Her current goal is to matriculate in Allied Health’s Nuclear Medicine Technology Program to obtain her certification as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist.

Natalia previously worked as an Associate Chemist in R&D for Church & Dwight, focusing on the stability testing of oral care products. As a Research Assistant I in Dr. Stephen Fesik’s lab at Vanderbilt University, she worked on cancer drug discovery using fragment-based methods and structure-based design.

In her free time Natalia likes to hang out with her friends and being outdoors. She’s an avid runner and triathlete – loves to be active year-round and compete in local races. She’s currently training to complete her 1st Olympic distance triathlon and is planning to register for the 2024 Boston Marathon after obtaining a qualifying time last November.