Dr. Laney is currently Senior Program Director, Science Innovation at the Walder Foundation in Chicago, Illnois. She previously served as Deputy Director of Innovation for Paul G. Allen’s Ebola Program at Vulcan. Dr. Laney is a global health & development professional with over 20 years of cross-sector experience including fieldwork in 13 LMIC, laboratory research and diagnostic tool development, philanthropic grant portfolio management and international policy across the public and private sector.
Prior to working with the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program, Dr. Laney led a number of initiatives for the Discovery and Translational Sciences and Neglected Tropical Disease teams at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and served as Senior Advisor on gender, education and health to Secretary Clinton’s Science Advisor at the U.S. Department of State.
Dr. Laney was selected as a Gates Global Fellow, AAAS Science Diplomacy Fellow and a Smith College Ada Comstock Scholar. Her technical and subject matter expertise is in molecular biology and parasitic diseases and she has extensive cross-cultural experience conducting international fieldwork with Smith College and the Task Force for Global Health across Africa, the West Indies, Southeast Asia, and Oceania