Lauren Wagner is a PhD candidate studying Neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she uses magnetic resonance imaging and behavior to understand the neural bases of language development in infancy and discover the secrets of the brain's critical and sensitive periods for language-learning. Outside of the lab, Lauren is passionate about science policy and communication. She currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Science Policy & Governance, and as a Society for Neuroscience Early Career Policy Ambassador. She is also an active member of the National Science Policy Network, where she enjoys learning about issues in science policy and diplomacy. In her free time, Lauren enjoys learning languages, gardening, and testing out new recipes on friends. Lauren received her bachelor’s degrees in Neuroscience and Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin.