Elizabeth Swanson

Student Division Region 9 Director

Elizabeth is an MD/PhD student at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She is currently in her third year of PhD studies in physiology and pharmacology. She received her BA in Chemistry from Carroll College (Helena, Montana) in 2008. She then moved to Portland, Oregon where she studied regulation of Wnt/β-catenin signaling as a research assistant at Oregon Health & Science University. During this time, she volunteered on the development committee at Call to Safety, a domestic and sexual violence crisis line, helping to organize the agency’s largest annual fundraiser. She also volunteered as a patient education volunteer at Planned Parenthood, ensuring patients had nonjudgmental and medically accurate information regarding pregnancy options and pregnancy prevention. Elizabeth decided to follow her passions for both biomedical research and patient care and joined the OHSU MD/PhD program in 2013. At OHSU, she regularly volunteers with On Track OHSU!, a program designed to inspire middle and high school students from underrepresented minority backgrounds to pursue health science professions. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys weight training, running, reading, and hosting dinner parties with friends.


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