Unique Scientist: Lauren Edwards

Say hello to Lauren Edwards (She/Her)! Lauren is a neuroscientist at Emory University (@EmoryUniversity) in the USA!

What kind of scientist are you?
I’m a neuroscientist and am currently examining how the time after a stroke affects the neurophysiology of cortical sensorimotor regions and the patient’s ability to learn a visuomotor task.

What made you want to become a scientist?
I became a scientist because there were way too many questions and not enough answers about the medical problems affecting so many of us.

“I’m dripping in Uniqueness from being a black woman who has visible piercings & tattoos with bright lipsticks and clothes that embrace, instead of hide/shame, my body.”

Lauren Edwards

What makes you a #UniqueScientist?
I’m dripping in Uniqueness from being a #black #woman who has visible piercings & tattoos with bright lipsticks and clothes that embrace, instead of hide/shame, my body. I decided I couldn’t fit the mold, so instead it needed to be broken to make room for me.

What’s something cool you do outside of work?
Reading is my favorite thing, but I’ve also loved to share things I do that you wouldn’t expect of a scientist. I’ve taken pole classes and can do an assortment of spins and climbs on the pole. Boxing used to be a part of my workout training and I still have a couple combos in my back pocket. Plus I’m obsessed with shopping, piecing together the perfect outfits, and planning events/trips/special occasions to really let my creativity shine through.

If you had one wish and could change anything in science, what would it be?
I’d wish to change the people who make the rules and call the biggest of the shots in science – which means totally dismantling the system as we currently know it.

“I decided I couldn’t fit the mold, so instead it needed to be broken to make room for me.”

Lauren Edwards

Who has inspired you the most in your journey to where you are now?
Other Black women who are unapologetically themselves have inspired me the most to be, look like, and act as I am without the need to conform or assimilate.

Let’s end on a high note! What’s something you’ve done this week that you’re proud of?
 I met with an amazing group of women & individuals from #500WomenScientists who are ready to set the world on fire and I couldn’t be more geeked to join them!

#WomenInSTEM, #BlackInSTEM

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