Loren LaPointe, Ph.D. is a second year post doc at Vanderbilt and was recently selected by postdoctoral fellows in the Vanderbilt Medical Center to be the Co-Chair of the Vanderbilt Post Doctoral Association. She received her PhD. in 2014 in Professor Alessandro Senes' laboratory at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. Her Ph.D. thesis work was to characterize membrane proteins in the bacterial divisome using structural and biophysical techniques. She currently works with Professor Chuck Sanders in the Department of Biochemistry studying membrane proteins involved in human diseases. In her free time Loren enjoys running, biking, teaching group fitness classes at Gold's gym, cooking, and comedy shows.