Natalie Hanisch is originally from Rockville, NE, a small town of about 100 people. She is working as a research assistant for Dr. Massimiliano Pierobon in the Molecular and Biochemical Telecommunications (MBiTe) Lab. Hanisch is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Hanisch graduated in 2015 from the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) with a B.S. in mathematics. Throughout her undergraduate studies at UNK, Hanisch was an active member of both the academic community and her local community. She earned Summa Cum Laude status as well as the Math Department’s “Outstanding Senior” award. In the summer of 2014, Hanich was accepted into the TECBio (Training and Education in Computational Biology) REU Program at the University of Pittsburgh. She was assigned to work with Dr. Michael Widom of the Physics Department at Carnegie Mellon University. The summer’s work resulted in a research poster titled “Cooperative protein binding as mediated through RNA secondary structure”. She also worked nearly four years as a mathematics, computer science, and physics tutor at the UNK Learning Commons. She was highly esteemed in this role, during her first year earning the campus wide “Rookie of the Year Award” for a student employee who has shown great potential in their first year of campus work. Later she earned the Learning Commons Outstanding Tutor Award, not only for her work as a tutor, but for leading tutor trainings and facilitating communication between the Learning Commons and the Math Department. Independently and through Americorps, she has pursued volunteer work in STEM outreach to youth, literacy drives, Hurricane Sandy recovery, and environmental conservation.