Lauren A. Cruz

Lauren A. Cruz

PhD Student in Epidemiology

Case Western Reserve University


I am a second year PhD student studying Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. My research interests are two-fold: understanding the genetic basis of complex disease risk as well as promoting equitable and diverse representation of minorities in health care research. Under the mentorship of Drs. Dana Crawford and Jessica Cooke Bailey, I am exploring novel approaches to combat complex chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Primary Open Angle Glaucoma.

Other interests include: gardening, cooking, biking, and scuba diving

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  • Human Genetic Epidemiology
  • Complex Chronic Diseases
  • Healthcare Equity
  • PhD in Epidemiology, in-progress

    Case Western Reserve University

  • MPH in Population Health, 2020

    Case Western Reserve University

  • BA in Biological Anthropology, 2012

    Miami University


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Translational Research


Graduate Teaching Assistant
Jan 2020 – Present Cleveland
Facilitated understanding of basic statistical concepts and software navigation (R, SPSS)
Research Technician
Apr 2018 – Jan 2020 Cleveland
Developed a synthetic platelet as an intravenous nanotechnology to mitigate bleeding in trauma-induced injury in vitro and in vivo.
Research Technician
Lerner Research Institute
Apr 2015 – Apr 2018 Cleveland
Employed as a pathobiology research technician with experienced post-doctoral fellows and primary investigators in a clinical setting as well as in the laboratory to perform translational research


Advanced Gene Mapping
Analyzed sequence and other -omics data to elucidate genetic etiology of complex human disease traits
Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics (SISG)
Awarded NSF scholarship to attend seminars on population and quantitative genetics
Georgetown University, Developed an understanding of healthcare policy as it pertains to genomics
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Gerogetown University, Explored challenging and controversial topics in bioethics
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