Lauren LaMonica

Lauren LaMonica (JE '18) is a Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology major from Boston, MA in the five-year BS/MPH program with the Yale School of Public Health in Chronic Disease Epidemiology. Lauren has become particularly interested in developing low-cost therapies for patients that lack specialized medical care. Her clinical research has focused on developing a novel cost-effective treatment designed to provide light-at-night therapy for patients with diabetic macular edema. She is now working on a low-cost transportable incubator for premature infants with eye complications and is interested in understanding parental and physician perceptions of this technology in low-income and rural settings. At Yale, Lauren's interest in working with marginalized or underrepresented groups has spurred her involvement as a board member of A Leg Even, an organization that provides resources to first generation and low-income students, and as a coordinator for IvyG, the Inter-Ivy First Generation College Student Network. Lauren is also a member of YHHAP and is co-founder of Homeless Hope, a non-profit organization that provides the homeless community with basic resources. 

  • Observation of Ophthalmic Practice in Brazil

    Sao Paulo

    Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) continues to be the leading source of blindness for premature infants in areas lacking specialized screening capacities. This summer, I worked with the retinal ophthalmology team at UNIFESP in Sao Paulo to understand the facilitators and barriers towards the implementation of a novel cost-effective phototherapy incubator to treat ROP.

    In addition, I conducted an observation in vitreoretinal surgery and assisted in research involving the standardization of eye drop volume for ocular medications. At the Hospital Geral Robertos Santos in Salvador, Brazil, I was able to investigate the ocular complications associated with congenital Zika in microcephalic infants.

Jonathan Edwards
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology