About Us

Michelle Taylor

  • Editor-in-Chief
  • michelle.taylor@advantagemedia.com 
  • 973-920-7113

Michelle Taylor is the Editor-in-Chief of Laboratory Equipment and Forensic Magazine, with both brands a part of Advantage Business Media's (ABM) Science Group. 

Michelle has held a variety of roles within Laboratory Equipment in her six years with ABM, most recently being promoted to Editor-in-Chief in 2014. 

She is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the brand, as well as overseeing the content and production of all print issues. She writes in-depth feature articles, industry news, blogs and reports. Some of her most-written about topics include: sexual assault kits, crime lab tools and cannabis. 

Michelle earned her B.A. in Journalism from Elon University in Elon, N.C.

Laura French

  • Associate Editor
  • laura.french@advantagemedia.com
  • 973-920-7033

Laura French is the Associate Editor of Forensic Magazine

Laura manages the Forensic website, as well as the daily e-newsletter and all social media. She writes a weekly column titled, "Virtual Case Notes," in which she speaks to cybersecurity experts about the latest hack and other happenings in the digital forensic world. In addition to cybersecurity, Laura writes about forensics in social media, forensic in trials, and breaking news. 

Laura graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she studied journalism and criminology. At Ramapo, she was the web editor and a regular writer/reporter for the Ramapo News, as well as president of the College’s Feminists United club and vice president of the student Diversity Action Committee. She also served as an editorial intern and writer at the Meadowlands Chamber of Commerce, and wrote for the Chamber’s Economic Development and Relocation Guide. During college, Laura volunteered to help produce the OsteoPETrosis Society newsletter, a publication of information and inspiration for patients of the rare bone disease and their loved ones.

Seth Augenstein

  • Senior Science Writer
  • seth.augenstein@advantagemedia.com
  • 973-920-7148

Seth Augenstein is a reporter for Forensic and Laboratory Equipment magazines. He spent a decade as a reporter at New Jersey newspapers, most recently at The Star-Ledger. He has interviewed people at crime scenes, in prisons, from hospital bedsides, within operating rooms, inside laboratories, standing in flood waters, cringing outside four-alarm fires, and in many dirty kitchens and quiet living rooms. He has won numerous state press association awards for his work. He is also a fiction writer.