Lauren graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2018 with a BA in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. As an undergraduate, she volunteered as a research assistant in a behavioral genetics lab at CU Boulder where she helped study the influence genetic variability of nicotine receptor genes has on the risk for drug dependence and co-morbid psychiatric disorders. Lauren gained advocacy experience as a crisis counselor for the Crisis Text Line and as a volunteer for a hospice center. After graduation, Lauren spent a year interning with a cancer genetic counselor in Parker, Colorado. She then moved to Columbus, Ohio, where for almost two years, she worked as a genetic counseling assistant in a Maternal Fetal Medicine clinic. In her free time, Lauren enjoys listening to podcasts, spending time with friends, FaceTiming family, drawing, and cuddling her guinea pigs, Winnie and Margo.