Lauren Herrmann

Anticipated BS Graduation Date: 

Spring 2020

Anticipated AMP Graduation Date: 

Spring 2021

Research Advisor and Department:                                     

Dr. Koenraad Van Doorslaer, Animal & Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Research Topic:                                                                            

HPV (Human Papillomavirus) is an oncogenic virus that targets human epithelial tissue, and is currently the leading cause of anogenital cancer. I am currently researching whether or not two genes in the HPV genome, E1 and E2, directly impact how efficiently viral DNA is packaged into capsids (protein casing of the virus). With this information, I hope to help the scientific community better understand how the HPV genome orchestrates the virus' life cycle so that we can create effective treatments to disrupt it.

What do you like to do outside of the lab?                       

I like all kinds of videogames, whether it be on PC or console, and I play Magic: The Gathering and D&D in my free time. I'm an adventurous eater who likes to go out and try new things, and I always enjoy spending time with my pet parakeet and banded geckos.

What outreach or service activities are you involved in?                            

I participate in various service activities put on by the Baird Scholar community, offer tutoring services for math and science, and will be a MCB mentor starting Fall 2019.                                                     

Favorite Quotation:                                     

"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?" - Albert Einstein

Honors and Awards

I am a Baird Scholarship recipient

Why did you choose to enter the MCB AMP Program?                 

I've had my eye on this program since my junior year of high school. I felt it would be an excellent path towards gaining employment and would provide an exceptional level of research experience.