Laura Block, BSN, RN

Credentials: Lab Manager


Gilmore-Bykovskyi Lab


BS: University of Wisconsin–Madison
BSN: University of Wisconsin–Madison
PhD: University of Wisconsin–Madison (expected)

Laura has been a member of the Gilmore-Bykovskyi Lab for six years supporting a wide array of research studies focused on promoting effective and equitable care and research for persons living with and at risk for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). She has a BS in Biology and Spanish from UW-Madison (2016) and a BSN from the UW-Madison School of Nursing (2020). Laura was selected to receive the honorary Nurses Alumni Organization Award and Pinin recognition of her achievement and future promise.

Laura is a PhD candidate in Nursing at UW–Madison with a research focus on long-term care and cognitive aging among older adults with serious mental illness (SMI). pursuit of advanced training in nursing and dementia-focused research is driven by personal and professional experiences caring for people with dementia. Her role as a Registered Nurse (RN) in a Skilled Nursing environment, with added pressures during the COVID-19 pandemic, has deepened her commitment to dementia-focused research in post-acute and long-term settings of care, and the cognitive aging experience and associated care needs of people with SMI.

In her free time, Laura enjoys traveling, exploring the parks of Wisconsin, and spending time with her family and dog.