The Cox Lab believes in the power of equity, justice, and individual expression. We stand with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and actively voice our support in their demands for justice. We acknowledge that institutions of science and academic research are not immune to racism, where whiteness and BIPOC exclusion is pervasive, and we are committed to countering it. Likewise, we welcome scientists of all identities and are committed to creating a collaborative lab environment inclusive to BIPOC, queer, trans, and non-binary individuals. We understand the necessity of amplifying the voices of those at the intersection of marginalized communities and identities, especially those from BIPOC and LGBTQ+ individuals. We commit to the ongoing critical assessment of our role in perpetuating the inaccessibility of academia to BIPOC individuals, and to taking actionable steps to diversify the academic landscape.
We are fascinated by the mechanisms by which pathogenic bacteria manipulate their host to cause infections. We focus primarily on tuberculosis, but apply our unique perspective on the molecular mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions to a broad spectrum of organisms.