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STEM Squad Profile: Lauren Vetere

Lauren Vetere began her neuroscience career as an undergraduate at the University of Florida, studying how working memory and decision making change with age. She moved to NYC in 2017 to start her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Mount Sinai.

As a graduate student in the Shuman lab, she is investigating how neural circuits involved in memory are disrupted in animal models of epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease. Her team uses in vivo electrophysiology and calcium imaging to measure brain activity in behaving animals and works to make these tools more accessible to labs around the world.

When she is not doing science, Lauren enjoys baking, creative writing, growing way too many succulents, and petting dogs in central park. One day she hopes to write a sci-fi novel with neuroscience that is actually accurate. She also advocates for graduate student mental health as part of Sinai's Trainee Health and Wellness Committee (THAW), teaches local middle school students about the brain with Mentoring in Neuroscience Discovery at Sinai (MiNDS), and helps science stories get told as a volunteer with Story Collider.

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