Laura Lasiter serves as the Director, Health Policy at Friends of Cancer Research (Friends). Friends is an advocacy organization based in Washington, DC that drives collaboration among partners from every healthcare sector to power advances in science, policy, and regulation that speed life-saving treatments to patients. For more than two decades, Friends has been instrumental in the creation and implementation of policies ensuring patients receive the best treatments in the fastest and safest way possible.
Prior to joining Friends, Laura worked for the American Association for the Advancement of Science as a Congressional Science Fellow. As a Congressional Science Fellow, Laura handled Senator Al Franken’s health portfolio. Laura primarily focused on issues relating to the FDA and prescription drug prices. Additionally, during grad school Laura served as the Director of the Mid-South Academic Alliance, the workforce development arm of Life Science Tennessee, a nonprofit that advocates for the life science industry in the state.
At Friends, Laura will work on the development of evidence-based policies that will improve care for cancer patients and survivors, facilitate dialogue between stakeholders through the organization of conferences and symposia, and continue advocating on behalf of cancer patients and survivors.
Laura received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She pursued her postdoctoral research work at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Her work focused on the characterization of the zoonotic potential of novel bovine influenza C virus.