Lauren is a third-year graduate student in the Astronomy PhD program at UC Berkeley. She discovers and characterizes exoplanets with her advisor Geoff Marcy using the Keck Telescope in Hawai’i and the Automated Planet Finder in California. In the past, she studied the masses of small exoplanets to determine which planets are likely rocky. For her thesis, she is studying the dynamics and architectures of multi-planet systems. You can read more about her research here.
Before coming to Berkeley, she studied astronomy at Harvard and Cambridge. She loves to write, was an author and the chair of the Editorial Board at the group astronomy blog Astrobites for two years, and has written a one-act play about dark matter. She also co-teaches a ballet class one night a week.