Laura Hewitson, PhD is the Director of Research for the Johnson Center for Child Health & Development for Children. Dr. Hewitson graduated with honors in Biology from the University of Essex, UK in 1990 and then earned her PhD in Biological Sciences at the University of York, UK.
She relocated to the US in 1994 to pursue post-doctoral training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was a Staff Scientist at Oregon Health Sciences University from 1997-2001, held the position of Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences from 2002-2009 and held an Adjunct faculty position there from 2009-2010.
She has also been appointed as an Affiliate Scientist at the Washington National Primate Research Center and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Texas Southwestern. Her research has focused on developing animal models in order to better understand the genetic and environmental influences that lead to infertility and/or adverse pregnancy outcomes. She is currently working on developing blood biomarkers for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which may help in enabling earlier diagnosis, identifying ASD sub-types, and providing possible therapeutic targets.