Laura Tran, PhD

Laura Tran, PhD

Laura joined The Scientist as an assistant editor in 2023. She has a background in microbiology and earned her PhD in biomedical sciences from Rush University. Her research focused on how circadian rhythms and alcohol affect the gut. 

Articles by Laura Tran, PhD
Lasker Award winner Piet Borst sits at his desk.
Piet Borst Wins a Lasker Award for Scientific Excellence
Laura Tran, PhD | Sep 21, 2023 | 7 min read
This year's Lasker~Koshland Award for Special Achievement was awarded to Piet Borst for his stellar work on cell organelles, trypanosomes, and cancer drug resistance.
Ribbon Protein Structure
Lasker Award for Revolutionizing Protein Structure Predictions
Laura Tran, PhD | Sep 21, 2023 | 6 min read
John Jumper and Demis Hassabis received this year’s 2023 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for their work on the artificial intelligence system AlphaFold, which changed the landscape of protein biology. 
Image of <em >Candida albicans</em> fungus.
A Fungus Plays Tug-of-war for Metal Ions
Laura Tran, PhD | Sep 14, 2023 | 3 min read
In the fight between hosts and fungal pathogens, scientists discovered how withholding manganese can cripple Candida albicans.