Laura Pruyn

Consortium Adminstrative Officer

The Scripps Research Institute, 10550 North Torrey Pines Rd., IMM-2, La Jolla, CA 92037

Laura Pruyn is the Administrative Officer with the Scripps Consortium for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Development.


In her role as Administrative Officer, Laura plans annual events for the consortium (CHAVD All-Investigators Retreat, Scientific Advisory Board Meeting), and provides support to the Management and Operations Unit (MOU) for meeting planning and travel logistics.

Training and Education

  • 2014
    45 Units Completed toward MA, History & Education, University of San Diego
  • 2008
    BA (Hons/PBK), Political Science/International Relations, University of California San Diego

Research Interests

Laura co-managed the project to develop the new Scripps CHAVD website and will continue to maintain and develop it as new Publications, News articles and research developments in the consortium emerge. She is also responsible for ensuring that all publications are compliant for the annual RPPR submitted to the NIH, purchasing, administration and general management for the CHAVD MOU.

Prior to joining The Scripps Research Institute in July 2017, Laura was the Foundation Relations Coordinator at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies where she administered private foundation grants, planned annual events, and coordinated site visits for foundations and other philanthropists in the Development Department. She also worked at Community Housing Works, a local nonprofit affordable housing developer where she was the Administrative Assistant to the Sr. VP for Housing and Real Estate Development. Laura planned groundbreaking and grand opening ceremonies attended by elected officials, community leaders and other stakeholders. She has 8 years of nonprofit experience, and 11 years as an Insurance Underwriter and Administrative Assistant to Financial Advisors.

Specific Areas of Interest:  International Relations/Foreign Policy, History (Transnational/Global and Social Protest Movements), and the intersection between Genealogy and DNA. Especially focused on the study of Ancient DNA (Paleogenetics, Archaeogenetics). Closely follows the work of Svante Pääbo and Johannes Kraus of the Max Planck Institute and David Reich of Harvard University, among others, and loves helping people explore their Ancient DNA using a variety of tools available for analysis.