Laura Prendergast is fundamentally a Cell and Molecular Biologist. She received her BA in Biology from Columbia University (where she was trained by the likes of Nobelist Marty Chalfie), and an MS in Recombinant DNA Technology from New York University. Besides Gene Therapy, she is extremely well-versed in a number of sub-disciplines in the field of Biology, including Neurobiology. The original idea for the genetic vector we are proposing to develop occurred while studying the lambda repressor in Molecular Biology of the Gene, the genetics textbook by James Watson.
Laura Prendergast has expertise in a vast array of Cell and Molecular laboratory techniques. She has worked as a Research Technician in the Immunology laboratory of Dr. Jon Harton at Albany Medical College; and as a Cell Biologist at GE-Global Research. Her experience includes work as a Business Manager for Dr. Lorna Role while at New York State Psychiatric Institute, where she gained first-hand experience in the functions essential to keeping a busy laboratory operational. She has taught Human Neuroanatomy and Genetics to Medical students at The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education and at City College in New York City. She has also taught General Biology (lecture and lab), Anatomy and Physiology, and Environmental Conservation courses at Berkeley College and at Bergen Community College in New Jersey.