Lauren Erland

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I received my BSc in Microbiology at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan during which time I had the opportunity to work on several research projects with researchers at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Pacific Agri-Food Research Center in Summerland, BC as a summer student & at UBC as an honours student. It was here that I discovered my passion for plant research and phytochemistry. After completing my undergraduate work I continued on at UBC, Okanagan, to complete my MSc research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology working to produce improved essential oil cultivars of lavender through non-GMO technologies. I joined GRIPP in January 2015 as a PhD student, and have a keen interest in studying the physiology and phytochemistry of plant species. In particular the impact interactions between primary and specialized metabolites can have on fundamental processes such as plant growth, development and stress responses. When I am not in the lab I enjoy rock climbing, gardening & cooking.