S2E2: Lauren O’Connell, PhD, Assistant Professor, Stanford University

Dr. Lauren O’Connell is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Stanford University. She received an associates degree from Tarrant County Community College before transferring to Cornell University where she received her bachelors degree. Lauren then completed her PhD at the University of Texas at Austin and after that she went to Harvard where she was a Bauer Fellow. This program is a post-doctoral fellowship that funds independent research for five years and prepares post-docs to run their future labs. Lauren is now an assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Stanford University and the principal investigator of the Laboratory for Organismal Biology at Stanford University. 

In this episode, we discuss Lauren’s path to becoming a professor, some of the difficulties that community college students face when trying to get involved in research and STEM fields, what good mentorship looks like, the importance of having a life outside of work, and so much more.

Get in touch with Lauren and check out the research in LOBSU (Laboratory of Organismal Biology at Stanford University):

Get in touch with Steph:

Get in touch with the podcast:

  • Email: rootstostempodcast@gmail.com
  • Website: rootstostempodcast.com

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