Laura Waters is a Professor of Pharmaceutical Analysis, managing a large research group alongside her work as a scientific communicator in chemistry and pharmaceutical science.
Laura recently co-presented a BBC Two Horizon programme, Hair Care Secrets. She has also appeared in two series of BBC1 Watchdog: Test House, BBC3 series Kill it, Cut It, Use It and Channel 4's Superscrimpers.
She regularly publishes in scholarly journals and leads her group of research scientists. Her expertise covers all areas of pharmaceutical and chemical research from initial drug development through to modification of medicinal formulations.
Laura is dedicated to promoting scientific research, especially in ways that are accessible to a wider audience; including hosting events attracting thousands of members of the public, writing for national magazines and appearing in the local newspapers on many occasions.
Laura is an active member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a former member of Council, currently Treasurer of the Huddersfield section, and a long term volunteer visitor for the Benevolent Fund. Conveying scientific information to a wider audience is something about which she is passionate as her own scientific career has developed. She is also heavily involved in the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
As an acknowledgement of her work in the public awareness of science and alternatives to animal testing, Laura was awarded the British Science Association Charles Darwin Award.