Lauren is originally from Fort Worth, Texas but has now lived in Seattle long enough to be considered a native; she has developed opinions regarding coffee as well as the ability to differentiate between partly sunny and partly cloudy. After >15 years in Seattle biotech with a focus in downstream process development and an interest in analytical and formulation, in 2014 Lauren joined the Institute for Protein Design at the University of Washington and established the Core Research Labs. The IPD Cores are now ten highly specialized subgroups that support and advance the research of the IPD in a myriad of ways from biophysical characterization to tech transfer. Hidden talents include pestering vendors, international shipping, and inserting esoteric vocabulary in presentations. Lauren has a Masters in Pharmaceutical Bioengineering and certificates in Project Management and Human Resources, and enjoys yoga, the Great British Baking Show, and her golden retrievers.