Laura C. Cook is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Binghamton in New York. She earned her B.A. degree in English Literature and B.S. degree in Microbiology from the University of Minnesota in 2005. She has researched Gram-positive bacterial pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus and pathogenic streptococci since 2003. After completing her PhD at the University of Minnesota in 2012, Dr. Cook begun her postdoctoral work at the University of Illinois in Chicago. In 2018, Dr. Cook moved to Binghamton University to begin a position as an Assistant Professor. Her lab focuses currently on two species of pathogenic streptococci, S. pyogenes and S. agalactiae and their interactions with host mucosal surfaces.