Betty Lorentz

Assistant Research Associate

Joined the IBRI in March 2022

Betty Lorentz

Betty Lorentz is an Assistant Research Associate in the lab of Jonathan Flak, PhD, where she works to understand the role of the central nervous system’s regulation of glucose metabolism in relation to diabetes and obesity.

Before joining the IBRI, Lorentz was a canine behavioral research volunteer with the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in the Ogata Lab. Here, she focused on research in separation anxiety behaviors in canines. Starting in 2018, Lorentz worked as an undergraduate research assistant at Purdue University in the Fernandez-Juricic Lab, where she was involved in avian research in the evolution of visual systems and behavior, and solutions to solve human-wildlife interactions.

After graduating from Purdue University in 2019, Lorentz started with Perdue Farms in their Operations Management Trainee program where she concentrated on improving workplace safety conditions for employees. By 2020, Lorentz worked as a deboning supervisor there.

Areas of Expertise

  • Avian visual systems and behavior
  • Canine behavior
  • Human-wildlife interaction


  • Bachelor of Science (Animal Sciences), Purdue University, 2019