Laura Chernak Slane – Alumni Achievement Awardee


Laura Chernak Slane, a HOBY alumna from 2003 and one of 5 HOBY alumni receiving a 2017 Alumni Achievement Award at the Albert Schweitzer Leadership Awards Gala in New York City on May 31st, 2017. HOBY’s Alumni Achievement Award recognizes outstanding HOBY Alumni who have distinguished themselves as leaders in professional, social, and philanthropic endeavors, and have carried that leadership with dignity and respect.

HeadshotShe is a postdoctoral fellow whose research is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health. Laura received her Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University and her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her doctoral work focused on the link between tendon injuries and aging, and it was for this work that she was awarded the Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Biomechanics. In 2014, Laura began a postdoctoral research appointment at KU Leuven in Belgium, where she worked closely with orthopedic surgeons to advance our understanding of the causes of joint replacement failure. Throughout her career, Laura has received a number of international research grants and awards, and has presented her research in the USA, Europe and South America. Recently, Laura organized and hosted a symposium that brought together experts from around the world to identify current challenges in her research field, an event that has led to ongoing international collaborations.

Outside of her research, Laura is closely involved with the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning, an American organization committed to improving undergraduate education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, with whom she currently serves as a course instructor. Laura is also an active volunteer; over the past few years she has served as the leader of a local Girl Scout troop, alumni advisor for a chapter of the Chi Omega sorority, founder and president of the Bucknell Alumni Club of Madison, and works currently as a volunteer for, a microfinance website that enables lenders to connect with borrowers across the globe. Laura was born and raised in Penfield, New York and currently resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana with her husband.

invitationJoin us in honoring our Albert Schweitzer Leadership Award honorees, Alumni Achievement Award winners and our Outstanding Young Alumni and celebrate our 59 years in developing young leaders at the Albert Schweitzer Leadership Awards Dinner in New York City on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.