Laura Senier holds a joint appointment as an assistant professor in sociology and anthropology and in health sciences. She has an MPH in epidemiology from the Boston University School of Public Health and a PhD in sociology from Brown University. Her research interests include the sociology of medicine and public health, community environmental health, and environmental justice. Her dissertation was funded by a fellowship from the Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation. Her current research focuses on barriers in research translation, or the migration of basic discoveries to clinical and public health applications. She is currently exploring this problem in an NIH-funded grant to study how state health agencies are modernizing their genetics programs.