Laura Houston, MS
I am a research scientist in the Hoffman lab as well as lab manager. I attended graduate school at GSBS at UT-Houston, obtaining an MS in 1988. I have been a research tech at the University of Washington since 1990, and have worked in the Hoffman lab since May 2007. I do work on each of the projects listed on this website, with particular expertise in:
- Assessing levels of inflammatory markers and cells in sputum from CF patients
- Preparing sputum samples for species-specific PCR to identify microbial pathogens and also preparing them to analyze microbial product content
- Analyzing biofilm formation in vitro, using mutants and antibiotics to define the mechanisms of biofilm induction, and
- Characterization of the effects of aminoglycosides on P. aeruginosa and S. aureus in the CF lung.
My outside interests include trail running, swimming, kayaking and reading. I also coach and teach people to run more efficiently. I can be found on a mountain trail most weekends.