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Lauren Beach

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Law and Genetics



Lauren B. Beach, JD/PhD (they/she) is faculty in the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, where they direct the ReACH SGM lab (Research on Aging, Chronic Conditions, and Health Equity in Sexual and Gender Minority populations). Supported by Point, Dr. Beach's education followed an interdisciplinary path. An alumna of the Joint Degree Program in Law, Science & Technology, she received her JD specialized in Health Law & Bioethics from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2012 and her PhD in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology & Genetics from the University of Minnesota in 2014. Following her PhD, Dr. Beach pursued training in global health and completed an HIVCorps Public Health Fellow at the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ), in Lusaka, Zambia. Afterward, they completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in behavioral diabetes and chronic kidney disease research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Notably, while at Vanderbilt, Dr. Beach also served as the Director of LGBTI Research. To obtain advanced expertise in epidemiology and SGM health, Dr. Beach completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship within the Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance (EDIT) program in the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) prior to joining the faculty at Northwestern in July 2019. Dr. Beach is nationally active in bisexual health policy leadership circles and has spoken at the White House and National Institutes of Health (NIH) to present recommendations for improving bisexual health outcomes and bisexual data collection methods. You can follow her on Twitter @laurenbbeach.

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