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Lorena Infante Lara

I was born and raised in Mexico City, but I have lived in six cities in four different countries (Mexico City, Mexico; Warsaw, Poland; Chicago(land), IL; Washington, DC; Sydney, Australia; and Nashville, TN), though I’ve been living in the U.S. since I was in high school. I obtained a B.S. in Biology from Georgetown University, and I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biochemistry at Vanderbilt University. I work in the lab of Neil Osheroff, where I focus on characterizing oligonucleotide-based topoisomerase II poisons against human type II topoisomerases. I enjoy doing research and figuring out biological puzzles, but I also have a passion for communicating science. I became more heavily involved in writing about science after taking a short class offered at Vanderbilt, Biomedical Research and the Media. Since then, I have been writing for general and scientific audiences through various on campus newsletters (VUMC Reporter, Results and Discussions, BioVU) and off campus publications (NIH ExRNA Blog, Science Center). Above all, my goal is to make science accessible and understandable to all audiences.
When not in lab or writing articles, you will most likely find me rock climbing, playing soccer, or playing board games with friends (probably while sampling new kinds of craft beer).