Natalia Volodina, Ph.D.

Current Roles

Dr. Volodina is a Associate professor, Basic Sciences, BU-CA. Lecturer in Biology, USD


1996-2002 Brown University, Providence, RI, USA

B.S./M.S. with honors in Biology/Genetics. Thesis project conducted in the Laboratory of Prenatal Diagnosis, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences

Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences (Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry) St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia

Teaching/ Research Interests

Teaching - Physiology, Pathology, Histology, Genetics, Cell and Molecular Biology. Research - neurodegenerative diseases, human genetics, asymmetric distribution of RNA and proteins in oocytes and fertilized eggs

Teaching/Healing Philosophy

Dr. Volodina teaches students to integrate information instead of just learning the concepts, she encourages critical thinking.

Classes Taught

Physiology, Pathology, Histology

Clinical Interests

Genetics, Pathology 

Clinical Modalities Supervised

2001-5.2002 Pre-doctoral Research Associate, Northeastern University, Boston, MA: Managed the Laboratory of Advanced Pharmaceutical Research included purchasing, HR, etc.; performed grant administration and project management of several NIH-funded projects, managed several contract research projects for industry and participated in a scientific conference in drug/DNA delivery field; participated in a research project on liposome-mediated gene therapy / drug delivery resulted in a patent, supervised and trained students and technicians.

Scientist/Lab Manager, CereMedix, Inc. (start-up biotech company) , MA: Supervised a drug discovery and development research laboratory, including quality control, managed laboratory operations, managed several projects in preclinical drug development and discovery, performed ongoing research activities to develop drugs against neurodegenerative disorders such as stroke, supervised and trained students and research assistants.

Current Research

Dr. Volodina's current research involves DNA watermarking, role of microglia in Alzheimer's disease development, microbial resistance and evolution

Past Professional Experience

08.2016-present: Adjunct Professor- University of Saint Katherine, San Marcos, CA. Teaching Anatomy and Physiology, Inorganic Chemistry and Genetics

08.2016-present: Lecturer (part-time) University of San Diego - teaching Cell Biology (majors)

01.2017 - present Adjunct Professor Southwestern College teaching General Biology (non majors) lecture and lab, student ratings can be seen here

08.2016- 06.01.2017 Lecturer CUSM - Introductory Biology (non majors) - teaching large enrollment course, managing TAs; research project funded by the University in collaboration with Chemistry Dept., supervising undergraduate research

08.2015-6.2016 Adjunct Professor, SD Mesa College 

09.2010-9/2014 St Petersburg University of Russian Academy of Science, St Petersburg Russia, Assistant Professor

09.2011-12.2014 Associate Professor St Petersrburg State Chemical-Pharmaceutical Academy.

07.2010-05.2011 Manager and Consultant for Preclinical Studies and Global Business Development, Geropharm, St. Petersburg, Russia

2006-7.2008 Simmons College and Regis College, MA (USA): Contracted Assistant Professor of Biology

2005-1.2006 Research Fellowship: University of Burgundy, Dijon, France


Books or Articles Authored


Volodina N. The biomedical research in the United States (in French).

Dictionnaire des Etats-Unis, 2010 (Larousse) Volodina N., Defilippo D., Pirperis D., Howe A., Hart E., Pepivani I., and Gray D. B. Microglial cell activation is required for beta amyloid effect on neuronal synaptic function through cell-to-cell nitric oxide-mediated signaling. Journal of Neurochemistry, submitted Gueugnon F., Volodina N., Et Taouil J., Lopez T., Condcaille C., Sequeira-LeGrand A., Mooijer P., Kemp S., Wanders R., Savary S. A novel cell model to study the function of the adrenoleukodystrophy- related protein. Biochem Biophys Res Comm. 2006; 341: 150-157 Shashoua VE, Adams DS, Volodina N, Li H. New synthetic peptides can enhance gene expression of key

antioxidant enzymes in vitro and in vivo. Brain Res. 2004; 1024: 34–43 Torchilin VP, Levchenko TS, Rammohan R., Volodina N, Papadjopoulos-Sternberg B, D’Souza GG. Cell transfection in vitro and in vivo with nontoxic TAT peptide-liposome-DNA complexes. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2003 Feb 18; 100(4):1972-7. Levchenko TS, Rammohan R, Volodina N, Torchilin VP. Tat peptide-mediated intracellular delivery of

liposomes. Methods Enzymol. 2003; 372:339-49. Volodina N, Denegre JM, Mowry KL. Apparent mitochondrial asymmetry in Xenopus eggs. Dev Dyn 2003,


Professional Affiliations

Society for Neuroscience


Merit-based tuition fellowships throughout undergraduate and graduate education

 Research Fellowship (1-year, 2005) from the Regional Council of Burgundy, France

Travel Grant (Sept. 2005), ABC Genetic Workshop. Frederick, MD

Visiting Scientist grant (2008), University of Valladolid, Spain

Conference attendance award from SD Mesa College (April 2016) "Experimental Biology" San Diego, CA

CSUSM Seed money Grant "Developing a Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy Assay to track the binding of EF-tu to Hsp33" (Dec. 2016-June 2017), San Marcos, CA.


Natalia Volodina, Ph.D.

Natalia Volodina, Ph.D.