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Graduate Student Directory

Lauren Vaughn

Degree Program: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Room: CLS 507
Major Professor: Rekha Patel
Lauren Vaughn


Spring 2016- present: Post-doctoral Research Scientist; Columbia University; Department of Microbiology and Immunology; Dr. Sankar Ghosh
Fall 2016-present: T32 Fellowship in Lung Sciences; Columbia Univeristy; Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine; with Drs. Sankar Ghosh, Chris Schindler, and Jahar Bhattacharya

Graduate Research:

My goal is to demonstrate a functional difference between WT PACT and mutations in PACT found in the DYT16 form of Dystonia. Once a functional consequence of these mutations is found, I will endeavor to show how this change or loss in function is leading to the neuromuscular symptoms found in patients with Dystonia. I also work with the interferon induced protein PKR but instead of the traditional role in viral response I look at its role in the context of cellular stress. 


  • Univeristy of South Carolina, PhD Biology, Concentration: Molecular Biology, fall 2011-fall 2015
  • University of Texas at Dallas, B.S. Biology, 2008-2010 
  • Pennsylvania State University, Biology-Life Sciences, 2006-2008

Awards and Leadership Positions:

Publications: Google Scholar 

International Presentations:


  • Cameron Carlson, fall 2014-summer 2015, Current: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Biomedical Sciences
  • Victoria WIllingham, summer 2014-fall 2015, Honors College, Magellan Scholar
  • Brittany Pulkrabek, spring 2014-fall 2014, Current: Medical Student at USC School of Medicine-Greenville 
  • Brittany Snee, spring 2012-spring 2013, Magellan Scholar,University of SC M.A.T. Biology Graduate, Current: Science and Research Teacher at Dutch Fork High School
  • Kali Esancy, fall 2012-spring 2013, Honors College, Magellan Scholar, Fulbright Scholar, Current: Graduate Student at University of Washington
  • Stepahnie Crawford, spring 2012-fall 2012, Current: Medical Student at VCOM School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Ka Park, spring 2011, Current: Dental Student at Tufts School of Dental Medicine
  • Victoria Lee, spring 2011, Current: Medical Student at University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Teaching Assistantships:

  • UTD: Genetics, Cell Biology, and Physiology 
  • SC: BIOL 302L, Spring 2013-Spring 2015