Lauren graduated from the University of Akron with a BS in Biology and from the University of Pittsburgh with a PhD working on bacteriophage molecular genetics. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor at the J. Craig Venter Institute, developing synthetic biology tools, like yeast-based assembly, to design and build virus genomes. At Replay, her team is using TAR cloning and other approaches to engineer our gene therapy vectors. Lauren was also a Fellow in the Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity at Johns Hopkins in 2018. Her other academic interests include infectious diseases, the human microbiome, and public health. In her free time, she is both a homebody and a traveler, who likes to listen to podcasts, garden, hike, and scuba dive.