Samantha Greenberg

My name is Samantha Greenberg, and I am a rising junior and Biology major at Lafayette
College in Easton, PA. I’m originally from Howell, New Jersey. At my home institution, I study
racial health disparities within kidney cancer using transcriptomic approaches with the goal to contribute to precision medicine. I am very interested in discovering new therapeutic targets for high-burden diseases and plan to apply to Ph.D. programs in genetics, focusing my research on precision medicine and neuroscience. Mentoring and teaching are other passions of mine, and I hope to support the next generation of scientists in my future research career.

Research Area

This summer in the Cruchaga lab at Washington University, I’ve worked on identifying
dysregulated genes within Autosomal Dominant and sporadic Alzheimer’s Disease and am
performing functional analyses to better understand the biology of the two types. Alzheimer’s
Disease (AD) is the only one of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States that
cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed. Deaths from AD have also risen by over seventy
percent from 2000 to 2013. With a great acceleration of ages in our population, a significant need exists to identify new drug targets to treat this disease, which is what we hope to eventually accomplish with this line of research.

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