Lauren Desrosiers is from Vienna, Virginia. She graduated from James Madison University in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology. As an undergraduate, Lauren held a student research associate position at SRI International and worked on a chemical proteomics project aimed at determining mechanism and targets of the small molecule SR16388 in prevention of triple negative breast cancer progression. In addition to her scientific pursuits, Lauren was an active member of a number of musical ensembles, and took on leadership roles as a section leader in the marching band and Vice President of Membership for her professional music fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota.
After graduation, Lauren worked as a DNA Extraction technologist at GeneDx, a genetic diagnostic laboratory in Gaithersburg, MD. In May 2015 she transferred into a Genetic Counseling Assistant position, supporting the prenatal and rare disorders clinical staff. Her role included coordinating case management and aiding genetic counselors with clinical research projects. In her spare time, Lauren gained additional exposure by shadowing medical professionals including a reproductive endocrinologist and clinical genetic counselors practicing in a number of specialties. She also worked at StemTree, a tutoring center in her hometown, and developed the high school biology curriculum.
Before graduate school, Lauren was fortunate to be able to combine her love of performance and enthusiasm for volunteer work by serving as a mentor at ArtStream, an inclusive theater company for adults with disabilities in the Washington DC area. This summer, Lauren completed a clinical rotation at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the Department of Cancer Predisposition, which enhanced her passion for pediatric cancer.
Looking toward her second year, she is excited to continue her clinical rotations in prenatal at GGC Greenville, in cancer at University Hospital, in pediatrics at Carolinas Medical Center and in prenatal at USC Specialty Clinics. In addition to her coursework and clinical responsibilities, she is also working on her Master of Science research aimed at assessing interest in and identifying motivating factors and perceived barriers to obtaining genetic counseling services among parents of children diagnosed with cancer.