Laura Blattner is a PhD candidate at Harvard University. Her research agenda aims to forge a closer connection between empirical research and macroeconomic models with financial frictions. She is currently working with novel micro-level data on financial intermediaries and their lending structures at the Bank of Portugal. In her first project, she studies the interaction between corporate debt overhang and financial sector capitalization. Her second projects looks at the effects of the European Central Bank's quantitative easing program on financial intermediaries and the transmission to the real economy. She earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy, politics, and economics and an master's of philosophy in economics at the University of Oxford. Prior to her PhD, she completed a six-month internship at the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. She was awarded the ERP fellowship of the German National Merit Foundation for the first two years of her PhD.