Photo credit: Jacob Longton

Photo credit: Jacob Longton


PhD, Pharmacology & Molecular Signaling, Columbia University

BA (with honors), Biological Sciences, University of Chicago


Lauren Tanabe is a freelance writer living and working in Detroit and a native of NYC. She received her PhD in Pharmacology & Molecular Signaling from Columbia University and her BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago. She has received prestigious fellowships from the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation and the American Cancer Society. She spent many years tinkering at the bench attempting to unravel the mysteries that lurk inside of cells. Although a scientist by training, Lauren is a storyteller by nature. She writes on a wide range of topics, including why she decided to leave academia for more fulfilling pursuits, motherhood, and children’s books. She loves helping others to tell their own stories because every single person has a riveting tale to tell. When she is not being schooled by her four-year-old in lessons of gratitude and the wonder and awe of the universe, you can find her daydreaming and writing in various coffee shops around the city.