Laurence received a B.A. from Pomona College in Biology. She went on to receive a Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from University of California, Los Angeles. As a graduate student, Laurence conducted research under the mentorship of Dr. Geraldine Weinmaster. Her thesis project focused on the ligand activation of the Notch receptor through the generation of mechanical force. Her research involved a multi-disciplinary approach including cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, immunocytochemistry, microscopy and bioengineering. After completing her graduate work, Laurence conducted a two year post-doctoral research with Dr. Weinmaster continuing her work on the Notch cell communication system.
During her research, Laurence presented her data at international meetings and published several scientific articles in journals such as Developmental Cell, Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology, and Current Topics in Developmental Biology.