Dr. Laura Lewandowski received her undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross and her medical degree from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. She completed pediatric residency training at University of Massachusetts Medical Center, where she also served as a chief resident in pediatrics, developing a program in global health training. She completed a combined 4-year pediatric rheumatology/global health fellowship at Duke University Medical Center, during which she characterized a pediatric lupus patient cohort in South Africa. She holds a masters degree in global health from Duke University.
Dr. Lewandowski was awarded a Fogarty Vanderbilt-Emory-Cornell-Duke (VECD) Global Health Fellowship and a Lupus Foundation Early Career award for her work with pediatric lupus patients in South Africa. She subsequently joined NIAMS in 2015 under Dr. Mariana Kaplan as a Lawrence Shulman Scholar in Translational Medicine. Her current research interests include clinical and translational research in pediatric systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). She continues fostering her passion for both pediatric rheumatology and global health through the study of inflammation and gene expression profiling for pediatric SLE patients in varied cohorts around the world.