Lauren Hagler is a Propel postdoctoral scholar in Biochemistry within Stanford’s School of Medicine. She holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BS in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Alabama. After spending her PhD studying how RNA could serve as a drug target for neurological diseases, she wanted to expand her expertise to a fundamental understanding of RNA interactions in cells and how drugs might influence those interactions. Her postdoctoral research broadly focuses on the relationship between RNA structure and function in the gene expression program, and how RNAs fold and bind regulatory proteins. Her current project blends biochemistry and genomics to define quantitative and predictive models for RNA-RNA and RNA-protein interactions in cells. In addition to research, Lauren enjoys capturing the world through photography, cooking for family and friends, and being in community with diverse groups of people.