Laura is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz graduating with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She then obtained a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of Rochester. Currently, Laura serves as an Instructor at the Center for Forensic Science Research & Education. In this role, Laura teaches classes about postmortem forensic toxicology, human performance impairment and best testimony practices. Laura’s current research interests include the identification of chemical agents used to commit drug facilitated crimes, the role of synthetic cannabinoids and novel psychoactive substances in cause of death determinations, and hair analysis in the pediatric population. Laura is Board Certified by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) and the American Board of Clinical Chemistry (ABCC) in the area of Toxicological Chemistry. She has been recognized by ABCC with an outstanding speaker award and currently serves as a NEAFS Research Grant Committee Member and as an Advisory Board Member for the Professional Science Master’s Program in Forensic Toxicology (Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences and The Center for Forensic Science Research & Education, at the Fredric Rieders Family Foundation).