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Dianne Laboy

Biology

 

Dianne is a senior pursuing a B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Currently, she is an undergraduate research assistant in the Mefford Lab at the UW Medicine Department of Pediatrics studying the genetic causes of neurological disorders. She became interested int he genetic causes of diseases after participating in a schizophrenia research project at the Broad Institute. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Genetics to functionally validate disease associated genes. Additionally, she works in the Freeman Lab along with a team of undergraduates researching the effects of competitive majors on students’ academic paths. She is passionate about improving STEM education to close the achievement gap of underrepresented minorities and economically disadvantaged students. Dianne is part of the Undergraduate Research Leaders where she actively participates in outreach efforts to reach undergraduates interested in research. In her free time, she loves to spend time with family and friends, dance, and listen to Broadway music.