Laura completed a MChem in Chemistry with Environmental Science in 2004 from the University of Southampton in which she undertook research projects relating to model fuel cell catalysts and methods for removing arsenic from drinking water. She was awarded a PhD in Chemistry in 2008 from the University of Southampton having completed a thesis relating to particle size and support effects in model fuel cell electrocatalyts.
After completing her PhD she has had various roles including carrying out statistical analysis of house condition surveys at BRE as a Housing Consultant and training to become a secondary school science teacher completing a PGCE through Imperial College and Canterbury Christchurch University in 2010 and teaching Chemistry and Science at a school in Southampton.
Laura returned to research as a Scientist at Ilika Technolgies Ltd. where she was involved in various research projects relating to fuel cell and battery materials and was involved in the production of several journal publications and patent applications. Whilst working for Ilika she also took on project management responsibilities and responsibilities relating to the company's Intellectual Property and was promoted to Scientist/Associate Director of Intellectual Property.
Laura is passionate about STEM subjects and enthusing others to take part in them and has also worked for Lancaster University Engineering Department as a Schools Liaison Officer, creating and coordinating a schools outreach project.
Laura Joined the University of Cumbria in 2018 and teaches on the BSc (Hons) Applied Chemistry Top-Up course on subjects relating to analytical and environmental chemistry.