Dr. Laura Sanchez attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry. She went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of California, Santa Cruz after completing a NSF Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Prof. Phil Crew’s lab. In the fall of 2007, she returned to UCSC to work for Prof. Roger Linington where her graduate studies encompassed two main projects including: (1) using the natural product almiramide C as a basis for structure activity relationship and mechanism of action studies; and (2) exploring the fish microbiome as a niche environment for isolating microbes.
In the fall of 2012, she joined Prof. Pieter Dorrestein's lab at UC San Diego as an NIH IRACDA Fellow. Her postdoctoral research focused on establishing methods for probing and characterizing metabolic exchanges in polymicrobial communities, specifically those associated with cheese rinds. Additionally, she was also involved with beta testing, documentation, creation of in-house natural product libraries donated by the NIH for Global Natural Products Social Molecular Networking. As an IRACDA fellow, Dr. Sanchez was able to gain experience teaching and developing her pedagogy. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago where her lab utilizes cutting edge mass spectrometry techniques to study the chemical language microbes use to communicate with one another and their surroundings.
Friday, November 3
8:00 am – 9:00 am