Dr. Lorenz received her BS from Stanford University and then attended Washington University in St Louis as a Medical Scientist Training Program fellow, where in 1990 she received her MD and her PhD in immunology. She was a resident in laboratory medicine (clinical pathology) at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and then transitioned to assistant professor in the Departments of Pathology and Medicine at Washington University. In addition to directing the basic science research lab focused on chronic inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, she was codirector of the Joint Clinical Immunology Laboratory of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St Louis Children’s Hospital and associate director of the Laboratory Medicine Residency Training Program.
Dr. Lorenz joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) faculty in 2002 in the Department of Pathology. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation have funded her laboratory research investigating the mucosal immune system. At UAB, she was the Associate Dean for Physician Scientist Development and directed the UAB Physician Scientist Development Office (PSDO). Nationally, she is currently part of the AAMC Physician-Scientist Training and Career Development Home Committee and is on the APSA Board of Directors. She has been recognized at the local level by the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentorship, the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership, and the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. At the national level, she was awarded the Ellis Benson Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in Clinical Pathology (ACLPS), and the Bert Shapiro Award for outstanding contributions to physician-scientist training (National Association of MD-PhD Programs).
At Genentech, her department provides high quality pathology support to laboratory and clinical scientists engaged in biomarker strategy/development/deployment across the drug development pipeline. In addition, she is involved in career development for her scientists and physician-scientists and is interested in enhancing training and career opportunities for physician scientists in the biotech industry.
Dr. Robin Lorenz is a long-time member of the American Society for Investigative Pathology and was recently elected to serve as Vice President (beginning July 1). Dr. Lorenz will advance to President-elect in 2022 and will become President of the ASIP in 2023. She was an At-Large Member of the ASIP Council from 2016-2019, and is currently the ASIP Representative to the Training and Career Opportunities Subcommittee of FASEB Science Policy Committee, as well as a current member of the ASIP Meritorious Awards Committee.
Dr. Lorenz served as Senior Assistant Editor for The American Journal of Pathology from 2013-2017, and is a current member of the Editorial Board. In 2016, Dr. Lorenz received the ASIP Robbins Distinguished Educator Award.