Laura Kaufman graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University in 1997 with a B.A. in Chemistry and English. She earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2002 from the University of California, Berkeley. There, Laura worked on multi-dimensional Raman spectroscopy of simple liquids in the laboratory of Professor Graham R. Fleming. She went on to do postdoctoral work at Harvard University under the guidance of Professors X. Sunney Xie and David A. Weitz, where she used CARS microscopy to study colloidal glasses and cells in gels.
Laura has been named a NYSTAR Young Investigator, a Beckman Young Investigator, a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar and a Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Member.
Her laboratory is highly interdisciplinary and focuses on the dynamics of complex, crowded systems. In particular, the laboratory studies heterogeneous dynamics in supercooled liquids with single molecule microscopy, the mechanical properties and structure of biopolymer gels using rheology and microscopy, and brain and breast cancer cell invasion in tissue approximations of tailored architecture and biochemistry.