Lauren is at the University of Calgary and studies the mental and cognitive health of women during times of hormonal fluctuations (menstrual cycle /pregnancy /menopause). Her goal is to determine why women are more susceptible to dementia than men.

Crystal is at the University of Maryland and studies the development of the visual system. In particular, she studies how the disruption of vision early in life can result in permanent visual defects and she explores ways to reverse these defects to restore visual function to normal levels.

Heidi is at Stanford University and studies bacteria that live together in communities called biofilms. In particular, she is investigating in what conditions these communities can provide protected niches that increase genetic diversity.