Lori Bystrom has a research background in ethnopharmacognosy and nutrition. In ethno-what? Basically she is experienced at identifying and isolating chemicals from natural products, especially from fruits, that are used as traditional medicines and foods or for cosmetics and textiles. Much of this research also overlaps with her artistic interests. Currently, she is a postdoctoral researcher in the medical field where she continues to assess the value of natural products for their therapeutic benefits.