Lara graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Bath. During her professional placement year at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) and the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), in Grenoble, she developed an interest in structural and molecular biology. Here, she used techniques, including X-ray crystallography, small-angle X-ray scattering and neutron reflectometry to study the therapeutic properties of the polyphenolic compound, curcuminoids. Continuing with a focus in structural biology, her final year research project involved the structural studies of the botulinum neurotoxin serotype B/translocation domain. She is excited to work within an interdisciplinary environment at the Franklin and collaborate with others to address current health research challenges.