Dr. Laura Privalle received her B. S. in biochemistry and M. S. in botany from Virginia Tech. She received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin. Following a post-doctorate at Duke University, she joined Ciba-Geigy in their Agricultural Biotechnology Research Unit, currently known as Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc. Dr. Privalle headed the Regulatory Science Laboratory which had the responsibility for generating much of the data used in the safety assessment of transgenic products for global regulatory dossiers. She was part of the effort in registering the first transgenic maize product, Bt Event 176. In 2003, Dr. Privalle joined BASF Plant Science, LP, where she served as the Head of Regulatory Science. In 2013, Dr. Privalle joined Bayer CropScience where she is the Global Head of Regulatory Field Studies. She has also participated in many industry committees including the International Food Biotechnology Steering Committee of the International Life Sciences Institute (together with multiple Task Forces) and the Protein Allergenicity Technical Committee of the Health and Environmental Sciences Institute, two expert panels of Crop Life International, the Education Enhancement Grants panel for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center as well as others. She is currently a member of the Faculty of 1000 and participates on the electoral nominating committee for AAAS.