Hi, I’m Lauren! I grew up in the North-East of England, studied in the USA, and moved to Sweden in 2011. I studied Biochemistry and Environmental Biogeochemistry, then obtained my doctorate in Carbohydrate Enzymology. I’m passionate about higher education, life science research, and writing on environmental protection, sustainable development, and new innovations in biotechnology. Outside of work, you’ll usually find me reading a novel, walking in the Swedish woodlands, or making another crochet basket we don’t need.

Academic work

I am a Docent & Researcher at KTH, Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. I investigate bacterial enzymes, and teach Master’s level biotechnology. See this page to learn about how my research is funded.


I write about biotech, the environment, and life in science for online outlets and magazines. I also publish research in peer-reviewed academic journals – find links on my professional webpage.

This site

I use this site to gather my writing together, and as an occasional blog of academic life. Check my professional webpage for updates on academic publications and my teaching.

Recently on the blog A Few Words…

New lab group webpage!

Just a short update to say that I have started a new webpage for my research group at KTH. You can find the group’s page at https://stockholmcazyme.com/. I will use the group’s page for future updates on research, funding, and recruitment, but I will continue to use this site for personal reflections, blogs, and book…

A scholarly approach to teaching in higher education.

Introducing fundamental concepts of higher education Constructive alignment One of the most significant developments in teaching in higher education (HE) over recent decades has been the embrace of constructive alignment (Biggs & Tang, 2011). This concept was formalised by John Biggs (2014), and is based on earlier pedagogical works by Tyler (1949) and Shuell (1986),…