A jack of all trades… master of some? Lauren received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Penn State University in the Millennium Scholars Program in 2022. As an undergraduate, she gained experience working in pharmaceutical manufacturing as well as engaging in drug delivery and fundamental neuroscience research. For her honors thesis, she studied combination therapy of bi-specific T cell engagers and tyrosine kinase inhibitors as a treatment for blood-based cancers. The summer before senior year, Lauren came to Duke as an Amgen Scholar to study MAP hydrogels with SDF1 under Kat Wilson in the Segura Lab. Lauren is excited to come back as a PhD student and continue to work with modified MAP hydrogels to study stroke treatments. When not in lab, you can find Lauren hiking, exercising, baking, or at a local coffee shop. She loves finding rocks while hiking and polishing them to make wire jewelry and decorations (<– that’s cool).