Diagnostics, High containment work (ACDP 3 and 4), Molecular Biology, q-PCR, Virology
Laura graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a first class Biology BSc (Hons) and a distinction in MRes Science (Biological Sciences). During her time there, she researched the role of CWC22 in splicing at the University of Seville, while her masters focused on the putative promoter region of gdi3, a gene involved in neural development in Xenopus sp.
Thereafter, Laura worked as a laboratory assistant in the Animal and Plant Health agency bacteriology department. She carried out veterinary diagnostics of Mycoplasma sp. and attained UKAS accreditation for DNA extraction of Salmonella using the Kingfisher platform.
In June 2019, she started her role of laboratory technician in the Non-Vesicular disease Reference Laboratory. Her work includes the use of q-PCR, ELISAs, and virus isolations as diagnostic tools for viruses such as, bluetongue virus (BTV) and African horse sickness virus (AHSV). She also performs plaque assays to assess the efficacy of disinfectants on African swine fever virus (ASFV), Foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV), and Swine vesicular disease virus (SVDV).