Caren Smith received her bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from California State University, Fullerton and her doctorate from The Scripps Research Institute. Her graduate work was in the field of synthetic zinc finger protein transcription factors with additional, specialized training in eukaryotic gene transcription at Cold Spring Harbor laboratories. Her current postdoctoral fellowship at the La Jolla Institute for Molecular Medicine is funded by the American Heart Association for the study of ischemic stroke models and VEGF/Src signaling. Dr. Lund has published in peer-reviewed journals over the past 10 years. Caren has expertise in library construction and phage display selection, synthetic zinc finger protein assembly, promoter cloning, protein purification, DNaseI footprinting, retroviral and lentiviral production,in vivotumor models, ischemic stroke models, shRNA expression, intracranial/intravenous growth factor studies, blood-brain barrier integrity, confocal microscopy, and protein expression of signaling pathways. She has also edited successfully funded R21, RO1, and center grants.