Elle Murata received her B.A from Middlebury College, majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Japanese, where she worked with Dr. Michael Dash, earning High Honors for her thesis on brain metabolism and long-term potentiation. She worked in healthcare consulting before returning to research as a Research Assistant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/ Harvard Medical School. She joined Dr. Meryl LeBoff’s lab, investigating effects of hormones on musculoskeletal health and working on large clinical trials and grants. Elle is driven by the critical need for women’s presence in science. Outside of the lab, she volunteered with the Women’s Brain Initiative at her hospital and with Women in STEM at the Boston Museum of Science. She wants to be part of a field that empowers women in science and enables the study of women and their brains; she is delighted to be part of a lab dedicated to this goal. Beyond research, Elle loves running, hiking, yoga, reading, and all kinds of food (cooking and eating it)!