Lauren Saunders

Postdoctoral Fellow
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I’m a postdoctoral fellow in the Trapnell lab. I’m interested in the transcriptional programs that drive cell lineage specification during embryonic and post-embryonic development. I completed my PhD at the University of Washington with David Parichy and Cole Trapnell where I studed how thyroid hormone, a common endocrine signal, coordinates neural crest derived lineages during post-embryonic development in zebrafish. I received a B.A. in Biology from St. Olaf College. And before starting graduate school, I studied blood vessel development and morphogenesis in Dr. Victoria Bautch’s lab at UNC-Chapel Hill.


Massively multiplex chemical transcriptomics at single cell resolution

Dimensionality reduction by UMAP to visualize physical and genetic interactions

Thyroid hormone regulates distinct paths to maturation in pigment cell lineages

Dynamics of gene expression in single root cells of A. thaliana

Towards inferring causal gene regulatory networks from single cell expression measurements