Shaowen (Sarah) Ju is a former researcher of SynGAP at the Huganir Lab of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In the laboratory, she worked on developing treatments for SYNGAP1-related disorders by targeting SYNGAP2, a natural antisense transcript of SYNGAP1 found in human. She also saw SYNGAP1 patients by shadowing Dr. Constance Smith-Hicks at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She received the Honors Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She is interested in pursuing a medical degree to continue and expand on her studies of SYNGAP1 in medical school and beyond.