Laura Sarah Sasportas, PhD

France (Fulbright S&T Alumna 2011)


A native of Strasbourg, France, Laura Sasportas completed her multidisciplinary engineering curriculum at Ecole Centrale Paris. She was then selected for the T.I.M.E. (Top Industrial Managers for Europe) double degree Master’s program, Europe’s leading network for the training of bi-cultural and bilingual engineers. In 2007, she obtained a Master of Science in Engineering from Ecole Centrale Paris and a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) in Switzerland. At ETH Zurich, she specialized in Bioimaging, focusing on Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Molecular Imaging. She conducted her Master’s thesis at the Center for Molecular Imaging Research (MGH) at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2008, Laura worked as a scientific associate at the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel, Switzerland at the Center for Proteomics Chemistry on the Lead Discovery Platform.

She was awarded the International Fulbright Science and Technology Award to pursue her doctoral studies in Bioengineering at Stanford University. Laura is currently working in Dr. Sam Gambhir’s Multimodality Imaging Laboratory in the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS). Her thesis is aimed at developing a novel molecular imaging tool to track circulating tumor cells in real time in the vessels of living animals. She hopes that her work will help provide a better understanding of the mechanisms by which breast cancer spreads throughout the body that will improve early detection of the disease.

At Stanford, Laura is the President of the French Stanford Student Association (FSSA), working to promote French culture at the university through social and cultural events for students and affiliates, some in partnership with the French Consulate in San Francisco.

2008 Fulbright S&T Fellow Laura Sasportas received the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s HHMI International Student Research Fellowship.



PhD (2014, Bioengineering) Stanford University, Stanford, CA
MS (2007, Biomedical Engineering) Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Switzerland
MS (2007, General Engineering) École Centrale Paris, France
BS (2003, Mathematics and Physics) Lycée Kléber, France