Dr Sandra Laney

Dr. Sandra Laney is a molecular biologist serving as a Programme Officer within Global Health Discovery and Translational Sciences at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

She most recently served as the Senior Adviser on Gender, Education and Health in the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to Secretary Clinton at the U.S. Department of State.  Prior to that Sandra spent 15 years working on neglected tropical diseases as both a laboratory and field research scientist. Sandra has developed new diagnostic tools, engaged in capacity building, fieldwork and operational research in 13 developing countries in collaboration with the Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis and the Task Force for Global Health.  Her doctoral work, developing new molecular diagnostic tools detecting infective-stage parasites in mosquitoes, was done jointly at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt and Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she also earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biological Sciences.  Sandra also holds an Associate’s Degree in Visual Arts from Quinsigamond Community College.  

Sandra's interests lie in global health and development, partnership building, neglected tropical diseases, gender equity, women’s empowerment, and educational opportunities for all.

Sandra supports the NTDs and Visceral Leishmaniasis work of the Diagnostics Modelling Consortium.

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