Sycuro and her team use a combination of microbial genomics, molecular epidemiology, and novel cultivation strategies to understand how members of the human microbiota function and interact with the host.
They’re also focused on better defining the microbial communities contributing to pregnancy loss and preterm delivery. The long-term goal of this research is to identify new diagnostic markers and treatment strategies that safely correct microbial imbalances before they trigger early labour.
Recruited from:Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre, Seattle, WA
Research focus:Improving maternal and fetal health.
Background:Laura Sycuro received the Fluxion Biosciences Innovation Award in 2010, and has developed a number of unique algorithms that have been patented.