Laurel Drane


Laurel Drane
Home Town
Cambridge, MA
Prior Degrees

BS, Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA

Sackler Program(s)
Thesis Adviser
Leon Reijmers, PhD

What influenced your decision to pursue biomedical research?

As an undergraduate I took a class entitled “Learning and Memory” that absolutely fascinated me. It really made me think about the molecular mechanisms that underlie our ability to learn and retain memories. After that class I began working in neuroscience labs and have continued to enjoy research ever since.

How is the environment at Sackler helping you achieve your professional goals?

The Sackler school and its faculty create an environment that is supportive, collaborative, and intellectually stimulating. The willingness of the faculty, post-docs, and students to engage with each other and discuss science makes the Sackler school a great learning environment. During my graduate work here, I have learned to think critically about research, received helpful feedback on my own work, and made amazing life-long friendships.

What type of positions are you considering after graduation?

Right now I would like to go into industry.

Why did you choose Sackler over other graduate schools?

When I interviewed at Sackler I was impressed by how welcoming the students and faculty were. The friendly community combined with high quality research made Sackler an easy choice.

What's your favorite way to relax after classes?

I like to read novels, do yoga, and sit out on my back deck with friends and a drink.

What's your favorite thing about being in Boston and why?

I love how convenient it is to get around Boston. There is a great local music scene, fantastic restaurants, amazing museums, and of course the Red Sox.

What is your favorite Boston restaurant?

I like Harvard Gardens for the atmosphere and Neptune Oyster House for fancy occasions.

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