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 studied 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.


Transcriptomic profiling of tissue environments critical for post-embryonic patterning and morphogenesis of zebrafish skin

Dimensionality reduction by UMAP to visualize physical and genetic interactions

Inferring Causal Gene Regulatory Networks from Coupled Single-Cell Expression Dynamics Using Scribe

Massively multiplex chemical transcriptomics at single cell resolution

Thyroid hormone regulates distinct paths to maturation in pigment cell lineages

Dynamics of gene expression in single root cells of Arabidopsis thaliana