Lauren Williamson, PhD

Research Assistant Professor 

Dr. Williamson is an Assistant Professor in the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center. She obtained dual BS from Virginia Tech in Biochemistry and Biological Sciences, with a concentration in Microbiology and Immunology. Lauren was part of the NIH postbaccalaureate program in Dr. John Patton’s lab, where she studied and optimized the rotavirus reverse genetics system. In 2015, Lauren entered the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program at Vanderbilt University. During this time, she did her dissertation on the neutralization mechanisms of anti-alphavirus human monoclonal antibodies in Dr. James E. Crowe, Jr.’s laboratory. Following graduation, Dr. Williamson was a staff scientist in the Crowe lab, where she developed novel methods for the detection of human antibodies to picornaviruses. Dr. Williamson is now an Assistant Professor in the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, where she supports antibody discovery campaigns for a multitude of viruses, optimization of antibody expression, and generation of bispecific modalities.