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Meet Dina Popovkina, a 24-year-old graduate student who researches neurobiology and behavior at the University of Washington. dina popovkina smIn The Studio's current Mind and Machines exhibit within Wellbody Academy, Dina talks about how her early ambitions to become an astronaut were squelched when she realized she got sick riding rollercoasters. She shared with Wellbody Blog how she found her way as a woman in science on her journey from the Ukraine to the UW. And she explains her research about how the brain comprehends visual information.

I didn’t always want to be an astronaut. What drew me to it was exploring, finding out something new, something that had never been done before.

I came to the United States when I was about 12 from Ukraine. Here, the science education is really great, and there’s opportunity. In Ukraine, there are a lot of girls who were interested in learning languages and being involved in science, but there aren’t many opportunities for them.