Natalie's Open Road


    Women in STEM Roadtrip


Clinical Researcher/Professional Athlete
UCLA Health

“This is my chance to show people all around the world that women are stronger than people make them out to be.”


Action Sports Science


Confidence Exploration Passion Societal Pressures Hobbies & Pastimes Community Support & Encouragement Struggle Planning


Learning / Being Challenged


  • Has a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from the University of California, Riverside.
  • Works as a medical researcher at UCLA, doing clinical research in gastroenterology and studying inflammatory bowel diseases.
  • Whenever school or work got hard, she always found an outlet in two things: vlogging and exercising.
  • She’d been rock climbing for three years when she first saw American Ninja Warrior.
  • She realized that although she knew a lot of strong women who’d have fun and do well on the show, there weren’t many women actually featured on the show.
  • As someone who was already comfortable in front of a camera, she saw an opportunity to blaze a trail for women on the show.
  • She’s competed on American Ninja Warrior twice; on her second attempt, she became one of the first women to advance to the finals.
  • Her advice for academic and physical training is: always take the time to explore new things, and find yourself a good, strong support base.

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