Laura Webster

Hollings Marine Laboratory
Key Species and Bioinformatics

Webster works within the Coral Disease and Health Program located in Charleston, SC. She performs various assays to determine effects of contaminants on corals.

Webster is a microbiologist and medical technologist who worked as a clinical microbiologist before joining NOAA in 1990. She has used traditional and molecular methods to study seafood safety and microbial water quality for most of her career. She also used molecular methods to identify various species of sharks. Currently she conducts assays to study the effects of contaminants on corals, including toxicity and mutagenic assays.


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