Lara is originally from California, where she attended Stanford University and majored in Chemical Engineering, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi. She was awarded the Frederick E. Terman Award for Scholastic Achievement in Engineering and the Mason & Marsden Prize in Chemical Engineering. At Stanford, she spent many years studying the role of noncoding RNAs in cancer and became enthralled with biomedical research. She is currently pursuing a combined MD-PhD at Harvard Medical School in the Health Sciences and Technology program.
Lara has worked as a tutor for several years, teaching students of all ages, from middle school through college. She was also a teaching assistant for Stanford’s Physical Chemistry I (Thermodynamics) course—the first undergraduate student to hold this position. Her strengths include biology, chemistry, engineering mathematics, and test preparation (MCAT and SAT).
Lara loves traveling and once found herself trekking to the top of what she thought was a dormant volcano. When she reached the top, she found out that it was actually one of the most active volcanoes in South America! Besides accidentally exploring active volcanoes, you can usually find Lara in her free time in the kitchen. She loves cooking with friends and family. Sunday mornings are her favorite because she always makes sourdough pancakes with a hot cup of coffee in hand!