Natalia Sizochenko. Photo provided by Natalia Sizochenko
Natalia Sizochenko. Photo provided by Natalia Sizochenko

Natalia Sizochenko is a chemist by training who works as a biologist and computer science department. She earned her PhD from University of Gdansk, and now serves as a postdoc at Dartmouth College.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Night owl

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?

Yes – a sweet cat (ragdoll). His name is Corwin (named after Corwin, a Prince of Amber).

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?


5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?

Russian (native), Ukrainian, Polish, English.

8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

I would be dancer

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?

In humanities

10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?


11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?


12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

Avatar (not a movie, bu a Swedish heavy metal band)

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?


14 What are three things you can’t live without?

Coffee, cat, family

15 What beverage gives you life?

Coffee, wine

16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

Martin Eden by Jack London

17 What did you want to be be when you grew up?

When I was 5(ish) I wanted to be “master of poisons”

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

Any idea that sparks a joy

19 What got you excited in science?

Encyclopedia that my parents gave me when I was a kid

20 What excites you about science now?

That the research is literally endless

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Eating baby food

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I play piano

23 What is your favorite game?

Mind games

24 What is the last book you read?

The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

“Stop focusing on fails, and celebrate every win”

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?


27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

Do masters in computer science

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Go to amusement park

29 What is the last thing you watched?

A random episode of Supernatural

30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?

Crystals of Iodine (they are beautiful)

31 What is your favorite animal?


32 What is your favorite book?

Far Rainbow by the Strugatsky brothers

33 What is your favorite comfort food?


34 What is your favorite day of the year?

October 31

35 What is your favorite plant?


36 What is your favorite science fact?

Reptiles have photoreceptive parietal (third) eye

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?


39 What is your favorite sound?

Sound of piano

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I am ambidexter

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?

Kurwa (it’s a bad word, kids)

42 What is your proudest moment?

The moment when I my adviser said “Congratulations, Dr. Sizochenko” right after defense (I am a first-gen, so it was huge for me)

43 What kind of tree would you be?


44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

It is extremely quite and safe place

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

My brain has a structural defect makes me sleepy, so my phrase “I cannot wake up without coffee” is quite literal.

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

Alicja Mikolajczyk;