Secretary of Defence Research Fellow
Department of Defence, Science and Technology
In 2006 Lauren completed her PhD at the Australian National University (ANU) Medical School where she pioneered work on viral countermeasures. Following her PhD studies Lauren established the Infectious Disease Research Laboratory, ANU Medical School.
In 2007, Lauren joined the Australian Federal Police as team leader biological intelligence, were she was responsible for managing a team of analyst’s in the likelihood and feasibility of the use of biological agents being used for malicious purposes. Lauren was a member of the INTERPOL bioterrorism expert group, where she contributed to writing bioterrorism manuals and delivery of international bioterrorism awareness training.
Lauren joined the Defence Science and Technology Group in 2011 and in 2016 was awarded the prestigious Secretary of Defence research fellowship, in partnership with the National Centre for Forensics Studies at the University of Canberra to undertake master’s research. The research focused on Military Forensic and Technical Exploitation.
Lauren’s work has been recognised with appointed by the Minister for Health and Aged Care to the Advisory Committee on Vaccines and the Secretary and Chief of Defence Force commendation for her work on the Defence First Principle Review team.
Lauren is passionate about promoting science and run’s a primary school science club, mentors graduate students, and has developed and managed organisational mentoring programs.