Elizabeth R. Lawlor, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington; Associate Director, Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research, Seattle Children’s Research Institute; Aldarra Foundation Endowed Chair in Pediatric Solid Tumor Research, UW School of Medicine

Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) R. Lawlor is a Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Professor of Pathology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, the Associate Director of the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and an affiliate member of the Fred Hutch Cancer Center (FHCC). Dr. Lawlor also serves as associate program leader for Cancer Basic Biology in the FHCC/UW/SCH NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center Consortium. 

Dr. Lawlor completed her MD and PhD degrees in Canada at McMaster University and the University of British Columbia, respectively. Following clinical training in pediatrics and pediatric hematology-oncology & bone marrow transplantation and a post-doctoral research fellowship in cancer biology, she joined Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California where she proudly received her first grant as new investigator: a V Foundation Scholar Award! From 2010-2020, Dr. Lawlor led her growing research program in sarcoma biology at the University of Michigan where she held the Russel G. Adderley Endowed Professorship. While at Michigan, Dr. Lawlor served as program director for the interdepartmental PhD program in Cancer Biology and as Associate Director for Education and Training at the Rogel Cancer Center. In 2020, Dr. Lawlor moved her lab to Seattle Children’s Research Institute where her team continues to study the biology of Ewing sarcoma, an aggressive bone tumor that peaks in children and young adults. As a dual-trained MD and PhD physician-scientist, Dr. Lawlor is committed to educating the next generation of cancer scientists and she is passionate about creating a diverse and inclusive workforce who will together advance pediatric oncology research and care. 

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