One of the coolest things about being a scientist is the privilege of interacting with bright, creative women from a variety of disciplines. Actually as a grad student, I somehow became the token cancer bio girl at many psychology social events, and that’s where I met Dr. Lauren Bylsma. Since we share a love of delicious food, dark beer, random adventures, and of course science stuff…we became great pals.
Lauren is currently a postdoc studying the causes of depressive disorders. Depression cost over $83 billion each year in lost productivity and medical expenses. This is more than the war in Afganistan, however unlike that war, depression is an ongoing battle with no absolute end. She is also an expert on emotional reactivity (why do we cry?) and her work has been covered through multiple popular media outlets including Scientific American.
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