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Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research Center

About Us

Nancy M. Lorenzon, PhD, comes to the Undergraduate Research Center from the Department of Biological Sciences, where she is a teaching associate professor. She is devoted to advancing the educational mission of the URC, and also serves as the director of the Professional Science Master’s Program in Biomedical Sciences, vice-chair of the IACUC, and director of the Animal Care Facility. 

Lorenzon earned her PhD in Anatomy and Neurobiology from the University of Tennessee in 1994. Her research interests focus on calcium channel function and protein interactions involved in calcium signaling in excitable cells, and how these functions are altered by mutations in these ion channel proteins that cause human disease.

Office hours: by appointment


Leah O'Grady coordinates the activities of the Undergraduate Research Center and of the First-Year Seminar program at DU. Originally from the metro Atlanta area, Leah graduated from the University of Georgia with dual Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Child and Family Development. Throughout her career, she developed a large interest in civic engagement initiatives, which eventually relocated her to Colorado for an adventurous year with AmeriCorps NCCC. Throughout this and other experiences, she became very passionate about working with young adults in identifying and realizing their civic, academic, and professional goals. This passion ultimately led her to complete the Higher Education MA program at the University of Denver in August 2016.

She enjoys working with students in every stage of their research process.

Office hours: by appointment