Laura grew up in Albuquerque, NM and attended the University of Texas at Austin where she earned her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in 2009. There she was an undergraduate researcher in Dr. George Georgiou’s laboratory and a member of the Longhorn Marching Band. She joined the West Lab in Fall 2009 where she earned her M.S. in Bioengineering from Rice University before moving to Duke to finish her PhD. In her little spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and watching college football (go Longhorns!).