Laura obtained her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Her research during her undergraduate career focused on cyclic nucleotide gated (CNG) channel function in cone photoreceptors. She aided in the development of a high-throughput calcium flux assay that utilizes fluorescence to investigate mutations in CNGA3 genes associated with the visual inherited disorder Achromatopsia, and looked at protein misfolding caused by these mutations in localization experiments. She is interested in investigating pollinator health here at Penn State, particularly the effects of pathogen pressure on native bees and pathogen spillover between bee species. Her interests extend into the physiological mechanisms of thermoregulation that aided in the successful range shift of the squash bee, Peponapis pruinosa, into areas with variable environmental conditions.