Research Interests

Natalia​ works with microbial communities to understand how microbes are assembled and cooperate to degrade contaminants, in order to use them for biotechnological applications that may contribute to environmental sustainability and conservation of aquatic environments. 

Selected Publications

  • Isolation and identification of aromatic hydrocarbons degrading- yeasts, present in gasoline tanks of urban vehicle...
    Delgadillo, N. Cepeda, M. Posada, L. Ruiz, E. Sanchez, J.
    Journal of Colombian Biotechnology, (2017)

Education Profile

  • ​B.Sc., Biology, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota- Colombia, 2016

Professional Profile

  • 2018-Present: M.Sc., KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.​
  • 2016-2018. Researcher. Instituto de Investigaciones Marino-costeras INVEMAR, Santa Marta, Colombia.


  • ​National Award for the best Undergraduate thesis. Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, ECOPETROL S.A 2016.
  • Purdue University Fellowship (UREP-C) for Internship as a Visiting Student, 2015. 

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
  • Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division (BESE)