Lauren Buchanan

Postdoc at Northwestern University


Lauren's primary research project in the Zanni group involves using site-specific isotope labeling and 2D IR to study the misfolding and aggregation of amyloid peptides, a process that is associated with several major diseases such as Type II Diabetes and Parkinsons.   Currently, she is focusing on studying potential inhibitors to human Islet Amyloid Polypeptide (hIAPP) fiber formation and examining the side-chain interactions and aggregation mechanism of polyglutamine peptides.

Lauren is originally from Oak Ridge, TN, and earned a B. S. in Chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis in 2008. While at WashU she spent time in Richard Loomis’s group using photoluminescence microscopy and time-correlated single-photon counting to study semiconductor nanowires.

Outside of lab, Lauren enjoys reading, ultimate frisbee, arts and crafts, and cooking with friends. 

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