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Elizabeth Kruvand

Parent Partner & Engagement Committee Member

Liz Kruvand received her Bachelor degree in Pharmacology from the University of Bath, UK. Her degree included a year working in Novartis Pharma AG in Basel Switzerland which started a period of travel in the US and Europe honing her research skills. Her work included studying molecular genetics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NY and RNA expression mapping at the Max Planck Institute of Immunbiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg Germany. 

Liz spent three years developing DNA microarray technology and data analysis for use in the analysis of expression changes in the parasite Toxoplasma gondii at the University of Cambridge, UK. This work brought her back to the US in 2005 and to Washington University School of Medicine where she focused on array technology in Leishmania sps. 

Liz is the proud mother of a 6 year old daughter named Maya. She was born three months premature at 2 pounds 2 ounces.  As a result of her experiences with the pre-mature birth of her daughter, she has been with St. Louis Children's Hospital since 2010 initially volunteering and in 2014 she became the Coordinator of the Family Partner Program.

Liz’s experiences with her daughter have been truly life changing. Leaving a career in biological research, she transitioned her data analysis skills to donor database management and is now dedicated to furthering patient and family centered care at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. 

Why you’re on the Engagement Committee

Engaging patients and families in research is a passion of mine. As a former bench researcher, I always believed in understanding why I was doing what I am doing and feel that patients and families have the right and the ability to understand at a deeper level then just as participants.

What expertise/point of view you are bringing to the Committee 

I am a former bench scientist who understands many aspects of performing research and also a participant in a study years ago about post-natal depression in moms who have preterm infants. At the time I merely filled in questionnaires and now see so many more opportunities for design and partnership with patients and families.