Dr. Laura Cox is an Assistant Professor in Neurology at the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Harvard Medical School and BWH Hospital. She 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 is currently investigating the role of the microbiome in neurologic diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease.