Lauren Meeks is a doctoral student in the Nutritional Sciences program. She grew up in Ontario, California, and graduated from University of La Verne in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology; in 2016, she earned a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Food Science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Lauren stayed on as a lecturer in the Human Nutrition and Food Science Department from 2016 to 2018, confirming her desire to pursue a doctorate and a career in academia. Her research interests include the impact of nutrition on the prevention and treatment of cancer and natural methods of cancer treatment that circumvent the side effects associated with traditional chemotherapy. Beyond the classroom, Lauren enjoys hiking and exploring nature with her dog.