Lauren M. Drouin
Lauren was born and raised in sunny South Florida. At a young age, she became interested in the idea of gene therapy and its potential to treat genetic diseases, and would read about it in her spare time when she wasn't going to school or playing sports. In 2003, Lauren graduated from Suncoast Community High School with a diploma from the International Baccalaureate Programme and began her undergraduate career at the University of Florida that summer. As an undergrad, she worked in several labs, and conducted research on viruses, fungi, and bacteria, using various techniques to round out her research background.
Lauren received her B.S. in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida in 2006. Following graduation, she took a year off to work and travel before entering the Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences at UF in 2007. She is currently working on her Ph.D. under the direction of both Drs. Mavis Agbandje-McKenna and Nicholas Muzyczka. Her research focuses on the development and characterization of Adeno-Associated Viruses as vectors for use in gene therapy. Lauren primarily uses a variety of molecular biology and biochemical techniques along with computer modeling and structural biology approaches to determine the correlation between the structure of the capsid and the subsequent tropism of the virus.
Lauren's hobbies include reading, photography, playing softball and volleyball, and traveling.
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