Laura joined the department of Geological Sciences in January 2019 as an Assistant Professor. Laura received her Bachelor's from Washington University in St. Louis in 2002. She remained for several years at Washington University as a research assistant in Earth and Planetary Sciences, where she studied planetary atmospheres and their formation. In 2011, Laura began graduate school at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and received her PhD in Astronomy in 2016. Her thesis work focused on volatile cycles on rocky exoplanets, metal-silicate differentiation and atmosphere formation. In fall of 2016, Laura joined the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University as a postdoctoral scholar where she worked on projects related to the evolution of mantle oxidation state and magma ocean evolution, as well as volatile cycles on planetesimals as a member of the NASA Psyche team.