Dr. Lauren O’Connell received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Cornell University in 2006. She received her PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology in 2011 in the lab of Dr. Hans Hofmann at the University of Texas at Austin where she investigated the neuroendocrine basis of social hierarchies in African cichlids and the brain evolution across vertebrates.
She then did a one-year postdoc in the laboratory of Dr. Steve Phelps investigating the neural basis of monogamy in Microtus voles. In 2012, she received the Bauer Fellowship and established her own laboratory at the FAS Center for Systems Biology at Harvard University. She now investigates the evolution of reproductive strategies in poison frogs through extensive field work in Ecuador.