Laura Watkins

  • Program Years: 2016-2020
  • Academic Institution: University of Chicago
  • Field of Study: Theoretical Chemistry
  • Academic Advisor: Gregory Voth
  • Practicum(s):
    Los Alamos National Laboratory (2017)
  • Degree(s):
    A.B. Chemistry-Biochemistry, Washington University in St. Louis, 2015
    Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Chicago, 2021

Current Status

  • Status: Data Scientist
  • Research Area: Theoretical Chemistry


Proton-Induced Conformational and Hydration Dynamics in the Influenza A M2 Channel. Laura C. Watkins, Ruibin Liang, Jessica M. J. Swanson, William F. DeGrado, Gregory A. Voth. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2019 141, 29, 11667-11676

Whole genome comparison of a large collection of mycobacteriophages reveals a continuum of phage genetic diversity. Pope, W.H., Bowman, C.A., Russell, D.A., Jacobs-Sera, D., Asai, D.J., Cresawn, S.G., Jacobs, W.R., Hendrix, R.W., Lawrence, J.G., Hatfull, G.F., et al. Elife 4, 2015.


Graduate honors, University of Chicago:
The Edith Barnard Memorial Award in Chemistry for Service to Others, 2019
The Joan Shiu Chemistry Department Student Service Award, 2019
Exceptional Poster Award, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Science Research Conference on Molecular Biophysics of Membranes, 2018
Nathan Sugarman Teaching Award in General Chemistry, 2016
Awarded Department of Defense National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship (Declined), 2016
Elaine K. Bernstein Women in Science Award (University of Chicago), 2015
Freud Fellow (University of Chicago), 2014