Natasha is an early career academic at the Faculty of Veterinary Science. After completing her PhD in equine genetics with Professor Raadsma's Reprogen group, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher for five years before becoming a lecturer in 2010. It is this position that has allowed her to combine her University work with her other love, the horseracing industry, which is now the focus of much of her research. Natasha's research interests include equine genetics and attrition in racehorses. Her research has been aided by her close links to the racing industry, as she has also been a casual raceday official for over 17 years. Current specific research interests include investigating the genetics of performance and soundness in racehorses, unravelling the DNA sequence of Phar Lap, investigation of factors contributing to epistaxis, and determining the genetics underlying unusual white markings in Australian racehorses. Natasha has supervised honours, masters and PhD students and is looking forward to setting up her own research group to continue to work closely with the racing industry in the future.