Lauren Jackson graduated from Michigan State University in 2014 with a BS in both Human Biology and Genomics and Molecular Genetics. As an undergraduate, she worked in a physiology lab studying the effects of the E2F5 gene on mammary gland development in mice. She also spent three years as a member of Alternative Spartan Breaks, which is a program that sends groups of college students to various areas throughout the country and they volunteer at these sites for a week. To get advocacy experience, Lauren volunteered at HAVEN’s Crisis and Support line, which is a domestic and sexual abuse hotline in Oakland County. She also volunteered at SandCastles, which is a grief support program for children in Southeast Michigan. Lauren also shadowed several genetic counselors in metro-Detroit and Lansing, which helped her in her decision to become a genetic counselor. In her free time, Lauren enjoys watching movies, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family, as well as her two dogs, Bubba and Hunter.