Laura Harris, Ph.D.

Laura Harris, Ph.D.

Michigan State University

Dr. Laura K. Harris is the Director of Training for the Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research at Michigan State University. She previously served as Assistant Professor and Science Laboratory Coordinator for Davenport University, and Founder and Principal Investigator of Harris Interdisciplinary Research.

Harris is an educator who enjoys developing curriculum that involves use of computational resources. She also enjoys conducting, and mentoring others in, data science and biomedical research. Her projects use bioinformatic and/or basic laboratory approaches to examine differential gene expression changes associated with antibiotic resistance in a variety of bacterial species, microbial-induced cancer and, more recently, SARS-CoV. 

Harris has received several honors for her leadership excellence, including LeadLikeAWoman by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce (2019) and honorary membership to the National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi (2018).

Harris is inspired daily by her husband and their two daughters. In her free time, she likes to train for half-marathons / sprint triathlons, help her daughters with extra-curricular school science projects, and play video games.