Laura received a Bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Ohio Wesleyan University, followed by M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physical chemistry from the University of Chicago and a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University. Her research interests include the structure, reactivity and spectral properties of radicals. Her undergraduate research group has constructed a matrix-isolation FTIR instrument to measure the vibrational spectra of radicals that occur as reaction intermediates during combustion. The apparatus will also be used to learn about the photochemistry of halogenated hydrocarbons.