- B.S. Food Science, 2007, University of California, Davis
- M.S. Food Science, 2009, University of Florida
- Ph.D. Food Science with minors in Epidemiology and Microbiology, 2013, Cornell University
In the Lab
Laura's research examined the ecology and epidemiology of foodborne pathogens, specifically Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes, in produce production environments. Her studies investigated (i) the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) modeling to predict pathogen prevalence based on remotely-sensed landscape and meteorological factors, (ii) the association between pathogen presence and management practices to quantify likelihood of contamination in produce fields, and (iii) the application of subtyping-based source tracking of pathogens in the produce production environment.
Laura is currently an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Food Science and Technology at Virginia Tech.