Before this job, Natasha worked 2 years in the Special Designed Bureau for Biological Devices in Pushchino, where she designed programs for microbiological devices with microprocessor control.
In 1990, she began work in the the Computing Center of the Institute of Biochemistry and Physiology of Microorganism in Pushchino. Her main responsibility is the design, creation, and support of databases for the All-Russian Collection of Microorganisms (VKM), using IRIS software on an IBM PC computers running the DOS operating system. She now uses Gopher and WAIS on the BSDI unix operating system to publish these databases on the network.
At present, the VKM collection is one of the largest, constantly expanded collections in Russia. It includes over 9000 strains of bacteria, actinomycetes, filamentous and yeast fungi, and genetically-modified strains.
Natasha finished her University education in 1986 at the Electrotechnical Institute in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg).
Natasha has been married for 11 years and has a nine-year old son, Ivan. She enjoys hiking, swimming, art exhibitions and loves to read -- with particular interest in the Russian Chekov and the American Ernest Hemingway.