Laura Sycuro

Dr. Laura Sycuro


Assistant Professor

Cumming School of Medicine

Full Member

The Calvin, Phoebe and Joan Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute

Contact information


Educational Background

B.A. , University of Colorado, 2000

Doctor of Philosophy , University of Washington, 2009

M.S. , University of Washington, 2006


Areas of Research

Maternal Health
Preterm Birth

The broad goal of my research program is to harness the microbiome to promote maternal and child health. My lab is working to advance the precision with which we define the composition of the microbiome and mechanistically link its species and genes to health outcomes. This work is unfolding in three directions:

1) Development and application of emerging technologies that deepen our understanding of the microbiome’s genomic content.

2) Elucidation of bacterial functions that alter community dynamics, reproductive tissues, and inflammatory processes.

3) Discovery of microbiome features that promote maternal health, predict pregnancy outcomes, and influence child health.

Our interdisciplinary approach marries longitudinal human cohort studies with leading edge ‘omics technologies and multi-dimensional cell culture models to move from observation to mechanistic discovery. Current projects include: 1) The Alberta BLOOM birth cohort initiative that aims to understand how the maternal microbiome, both in pregnancy and in microbial transmission to the newborn, impacts the lifelong health of children.

2) Study of how select members of vaginal microbiome are able to ascend, remodel the cervix, and gain access to the amniotic fluid. We are focusing on poorly understood bacteria, including Sneathia and Prevotella species, which are tightly linked to premature birth.

Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
MDGE 724 LAB 01 B01 Intro Bioinformatics Resources 2020


  • Fellowship, 2016
  • Nomination, 2016