Lauren Carter, BS, BA, MS, PM, Structured Science Protein Core Leader

Lauren Carter

University of Washington
Molecular Engineering and Sciences Building, 4th Floor
3946 W Stevens Way NE
Box 351655
Seattle, WA 98195-1655


Lauren Carter was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, and fled the heat to attend the University of Washington with an eye towards medical school.  Organic chemistry lead to a reconsideration of that particular career path, but a long-standing fascination with cellular and molecular biology kept her in the lab, beginning in the Department of Pathology.   After graduating in 2000 with a B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology and a B.A. in English Literature, Lauren joined Corixa Corporation’s Protein Biochemistry group, eventually transitioning to Analytical Biochemistry.  Following GSK’s acquisition of Corixa, Lauren transitioned to the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI), Process Sciences group.  There she successfully developed and produced a therapeutic vaccine for Leishmanaisis, which was tested in clinical trials in the Sudan and India. Following several years at IDRI, Lauren shifted gears from the non-profit world to Contract Manufacturing, joining CMC Biologics, Downstream Process Development group.  There she was able to assist with the development and cGMP manufacturing of several projects, including a commercial stage project.   Following CMC Biologics, Lauren joined Theraclone Sciences, Process Sciences group, where she developed and cGMP manufactured a monoclonal antibody intended for prophylactic use to prevent Cytomegalovirus infection.

Lauren has a certificate in Biotechnology Project Management via the University of Washington and recently completed a Masters of Science in Translational Pharmaceutics in the University of Washington Department of Bioengineering (2015).

Lauren specializes in protein purification, formulation, and characterization, with an emphasis on process development and cGMP manufacturing.  Her current responsibilities include running the Structured Science Protein Core, producing and characterizing quality proteins for both internal investigators as well as external collaborators.