Lara received her B.S. in Biology in 2011 from Grove City College, where her student research focused on the maternal genetics of white-tailed deer populations. As a summer intern in the lab of Melissa Henriksen at the University of Virginia, Lara worked on the role of the tumor suppressor menin in STAT-activated gene expression. She entered the DSCB program at Duke and then affiliated with UPGG. In the Sherwood lab, Lara is currently studying how netrin signaling is involved in breaching the basement membrane during AC invasion. Her interests outside the lab include cooking, gardening, and hiking.