Lauren Williamson is a graduate student in the department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at Vanderbilt, mentored by Dr. James E. Crowe, Jr. She obtained her B.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in biochemistry and biological sciences with a concentration in microbiology and immunology. She previously worked as a Postbaccalaureate IRTA fellow for the NIH in the laboratory of Dr. John T. Patton, where she focused on optimization of the rotavirus reverse genetics system. Lauren entered Vanderbilt as part of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP) in 2015. Currently her research involves the isolation and characterization of human monoclonal antibodies against the encephalitic alphaviruses.