Dr. Lindsay Schwarz comes from a small town in Washington state and attended University of Washington for her undergraduate studies, where she was also a member of their Division I Women’s Rowing team. She went on to receive her PhD in Biology from UCSD under the mentorship of Dr. Gentry Patrick, and then completed her postdoctoral training in the lab of Dr. Liqun Luo at Stanford University. In the Luo lab, she studied neural circuit organization and function and developed intersectional viral-genetic tools to study circuits in the mammalian brain. Dr. Schwarz opened her lab at St. Jude in 2017, and since then has earned numerous accolades including the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, the Rita Allen Foundation Scholar Award, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Young Investigator Grant, and The Hartwell Foundation Individual Biomedical Research Award. Dr. Schwarz leads a vibrant and rigorous team and is committed to providing strong mentorship and creating an inclusive and collegial work environment.