Laura Liscum

Laura Liscum

Laura Liscum
Home Town
New York, NY
Prior Degrees

Hunter College, CUNY, BA, Biology
Columbia University, NY, PhD, Biological Sciences

Sackler Program(s)
Cell, Physiology, Pharmacology

What is the ultimate goal of your research?

Our goal is to determine the biological function of the Niemann-Pick C1 protein and determine why mutations in NPC1 lead to neurodegeneration and liver disease.

What excites you about your research?

The NPC scientific community is like a close-knit family. Our work has a direct impact on children with NPC disease and my lab members are privileged to know many NPC families.

What do you like best about Sackler students?

Sackler students are focused and committed to their research, but they don’t compete with each other. Instead, they help each other through their graduate years.

What qualities distinguish the Sackler School from other graduate schools?

Students come to the Sackler School because they will receive individual attention, training in scientific and life skills, and terrific mentoring. The Sackler faculty members are interactive and accessible.

What do you do to relax?

On warm, sunny days, I can be found in the garden or on the golf course. On cold or rainy days, look for me at my sewing machine with a quilting project.

What is your favorite Boston restaurant?

Restaurant? I prefer to go to Dan Jay’s home for dinner. He’s a fabulous cook.

Apply to the Sackler School


The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research