Our People

Meet a few of the WBI scientists, why they chose Green Chemistry and what they enjoy doing outside the lab.
Dino Lauren, Scientist
Specialization: Materials Science
Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Lauren earned her M.S. in Materials Science from Boston University where she conducted research on solid oxide fuel cell under Professor Uday Pal. Through Boston University's LEAP program in the School of Engineering, she completed post-baccalaureate coursework in physics and engineering before earning her master's degree. She received her B.A. in American Studies and Philosophy from Wellesley College.

Why Green Chemistry?
Lauren became interested in Green Chemistry through her work in green energy. "Even if a type of energy production is sustainable, the materials and manufacturing processes behind them might be very energy intensive or even toxic. Green chemistry allows me to be involved in green materials selection from the ground up."

Outside of the laboratory...
Outside the lab, Lauren is an avid reader and WBI's resident amateur photographer. She is a Young Friend of the Cambridge Historical Society and she enjoys travel and decorative arts.
Michelle Michelle, Senior Scientist
Specialization: Analytical Chemistry
Hometown: Lake Forest, Illinois

Michelle earned her B.S. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Integrated and Applied Sciences from Saint Louis University, in Saint Louis, Missouri.

Why Green Chemistry?
Michelle loves being involved in Green Chemistry because it allows her to be diverse in her work: "it helps me learn new concepts and study current topics that are in the science field." She enjoys the wide range of experience her background gives her, and she uses her strong understanding of pharmacology, toxicology, and microfluidics to inform her approach to Green Chemistry. Michelle says that she is proud to work at the Warner Babcock Institute because, she says, "I've always been respectful of nature and what we do here helps society. I like what the people here stand for."

Outside of the laboratory...
Michelle is a dedicated hiker, biker, runner, and gardener. She loves traveling and spending time with her husband, Jesse, and their two rambunctious dogs.
Olga Amie, Senior Scientist
Specialization: Organic Chemistry
Hometown: Canton, NY

Amie received her B.S. in Chemistry from Dickinson College. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Brandeis University..

Why Green Chemistry?
Working in Green Chemistry allows me to help develop procedures and create products that safer for the environment, the consumer, and the researcher in the lab. Working as WBI has allowed me to also work on projects outside of my field so I抦 constantly learning and being challenged in new ways.

Outside of the laboratory...
Reading, travelling, baking, music and theater enthusiast.