The Dantzer lab is excited to welcome our newest addition, Lauren Petrullo! Lauren is an NSF biology postdoctoral research fellow joining the Dantzer Lab in September 2020. She just finished her PhD at Stony Brook University where she worked with Dr. Amy Lu on vertical microbial transmission and the maturation of the gut microbiome in nonhuman primates. She is broadly interested in how hormones and microbes can mediate the effects of the social and ecological environment on development and phenotype. For her postdoc research as part of the Dantzer Lab and in collaboration with the Kluane Red Squirrel Project, Lauren plans to investigate the red squirrel developmental microbiome at the intersection of maternal effects, ecological change, and adaptive plasticity. Outside of research, she is passionate about mentorship and outreach. When she’s not doing science, you can find her playing with her rescue doggies or cooking. Check out her website at laurenapetrullo.com, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on twitter @laurenpetrullo!