Laura Harris joined Davenport University in 2013 as a science lab coordinator and instructor in anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and microbiology courses. Prior to that time, Laura had several years of industry experience including two years optimizing the anthrax vaccine, one and a half years researching the safety of dermatology products at Pfizer, and another year writing FDA documents on clinical trials to get pharmaceutical products to market.
Laura has two masters degrees in which she did research on 1) examining the genetic code of 27 microbes for traits specific to functional units of two genes she was investigating on the laboratory bench to determine evolutionary origin and 2) examining the effects of Inflammatory Bowel Disease on bone formation. Part of this later research project was published in the American Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology (March 19, 2009) as “\"Inflammatory bowel disease causes reversible suppression of osteoblast and chondrocyte function in mice.”
Laura’s passion is teaching, and she has prior experience doing so at the University of Phoenix, Lansing Community College, and Michigan State University.