Vladimira Dragnea, originally from the Czech republic, studied biochemistry in Prague. She obtained a doctoral degree at Paris-South University in 1995. Currently, she lives in Bloomington, IN, and works at Indiana University as a research scientist since 2001. She is also a naturopath, herbalist and energy medicine practitioner. Some of her hobbies include reading, skiing, gardening, playing guitar and making short films with her family.