Company: Harvard Medical School and BWH Hospital
Job title: Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at
Dr. Laura Cox is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Harvard Medical School and BWH Hospital. Her lab is currently investigating the role of the microbiome in neurologic diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Dr. Cox was originally trained as a clinical microbiologist, identifying infectious agents. She then obtained her PhD in the lab of Dr. Martin Blaser, where she found that early-life antibiotics lead to lasting metabolic consequences. To gain experience with models of neurologic disease, she then pursued postdoctoral training in the lab of Dr. Howard Weiner. She received an early career award from the Nancy Davis Race to Erase MS foundation, identified changes in the microbiome of progressive MS patients, and discovered a new strain of bacteria that have a protective role in MS. Dr. Cox established her lab in the fall of 2021 and through work supported by the NIH including the National Institute of Aging (NIA) and the National Institute of Neurologic Disease and Stroke (NINDS), she has begun to identify age-related changes in the gut microbiota that may affect AD and related dementias by modulating peripheral and central immunity.
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