Lauren Martens

Lauren brings to SV a passion for innovation and critical eye for emerging science. She is leading the first Dementia Discovery Fund seed project, with the goal of finding a new strategy for the treatment of chronic neuroinflammation associated with dementia.

Prior experience
Lauren has been studying the underlying mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases for over 10 years. Her interest in determining the cause of dementias in order to help millions of people began as a research associate working in the laboratory of Dr. Brad Hyman at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her doctoral training at the Gladstone Institutes/UCSF was unique, in that, under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Farese Jr, her research was an integral part of a consortium of academic investigators pursuing a cure for progranulin-deficient frontotemporal dementia. Lauren was then recruited to FORUM Pharmaceuticals where she gained knowledge in multiple aspects of the drug discovery process.

Academic Credentials
BS, Biology, University of New Hampshire; PhD, Biomedical Sciences, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

Outside of SV
Lauren is an avid runner and outdoor enthusiast.  Her free time is consumed by her two boys.