Title: Assistant Professor of Biology and Neuroscience
Other Programs: Neuroscience
Degrees: B.S., Washington and Lee University; Ph.D., Indiana University.
Phone: (814) 332-2366
Office Location: Steffee Hall 313
Lauren received a B.S. in Neuroscience and Psychology from Washington and Lee University. She received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Psychology from Indiana University. Lauren joined the faculty at Allegheny in 2019 and teaches Animal Physiology, Biology/Neuroscience Junior Seminar, and Organismal Physiology/Ecology.
Lauren’s general research interests are within the fields of behavioral neuroendocrinology and neuroscience. Specifically, she is interested in how steroid hormones affect the structure and function of biological systems in order to regulate behavior. Steroid hormones (e.g., testosterone) are well-known for their role in controlling the organization and activation of the neural circuitry underlying reproductive behaviors. She is investigating how these hormones act in “non-classical” ways, including at the cell membrane, to alter features such as androgen receptor (AR) expression, neuronal morphology, cell signaling cascades, and ultimately behavior. Determining the mechanisms of androgen signaling is critical for understanding the regulation of reproduction, but also informs how steroid signaling can occur in many other steroid-sensitive non-reproductive behaviors, inducing learning and memory and neuroprotection. Lauren enjoys hiking, traveling, and cheese.