Dr. Lauren Billings Luhrs

Lauren Billings Luhrs received her undergraduate degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.  She completed her doctoral work at the University of California, Irvine studying alterations in basal ganglia gene expression in animal models of Parkinsonís disease.  She continued her work in the field of neurodegeneration by conducting post-doctoral research in the 3xTg-AD mouse model of Alzheimerís disease where she studied the cognitive phenotype of the mice and how it related to various neuropathological changes in several brain regions.  Lauren currently works for Allergan Inc., where she leads studies in behavioral pharmacology.  Lauren received multiple awards while conducting her graduate and post-doctoral work, including individual fellowships from NIDA and NIA/NIH, an ARCS scholarship and multiple teaching and research awards.  Lauren has extensive in vivo testing experience in various animal models of neurodegeneration, behavioral testing and stereotactic surgery.  She also has expertise in various histological techniques including immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization, and molecular biology techniques including protein analysis by Western blot, PCR, etc.  Her general areas of expertise include behavioral pharmacology, statistics and molecular biology.