Loren Saulsberry, PhD Cand.
Loren Saulsberry earned a BA in Neuroscience and English from Wellesley College in 2010. Her undergraduate research at Wellesley focused on the use of genetically modified animal models of schizophrenia and Rett syndrome to elucidate the connections between biological function and behavioral ability. Loren also conducted a two-year independent research project at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine tracing the neural pathways affecting the initiation of cough, thereby, determining places along the pathway where pharmacological agents could interfere and therapeutically eliminate the chronic cough symptoms associated with conditions such as asthma and COPD.
Loren worked in cancer genetics research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in collaboration with Dana Farber Cancer Institute where she performed preclinical trials that streamlined patient access to novel cancer drugs. Loren also served with the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation on their Medicare policy team. At Kaiser, Loren completed multiple projects addressing the policy implications for beneficiaries who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. In the fall of 2012, Loren matriculated into the doctoral program in Health Policy at Harvard to study how politics and government structure shape health care policies related to chronic disease prevention. Loren intends to investigate the complicated relationship between public opinion and the implementation of health care policies that especially affect cancer care. Her interests include evaluating policies related to cancer and identifying methods for realizing greater accessibility and affordability for cancer treatments.