Dr. Laura Kavanaugh is an engineer, scientist and entrepreneur. She has degrees in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and holds a Ph.D. from the University Program in Genetics and Genomics from Duke University. She has had a varied and extensive career which includes over 13 years working in the Space Shuttle Mission Control Center in Houston, TX and over 10 years working for Syngenta Biotechnology in Research Triangle Park, NC, working on bioinformatics, DNA sequencing, and soil microbes. She founded Genome Insights LLC which applies the latest DNA sequencing technologies to enhance regenerative farming and large composting operations. She also oversees the compost and liquid biological amendment operations for Union Grove Farm Vineyard in Chapel Hill, NC. She is also the Chief Science Officer for Advancing Eco Agriculture.