Dr. Lorin Crawford attended the Black College Expo Los Angeles as a senior in high school in 2009. At the Expo, he was accepted to Clark Atlanta University, a History Black College/University, received a full academic scholarship on-the-spot, and the rest was history. He went on to flourish at Clark, graduating summa cum laude, and received the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship to continue his studies at Duke University. Lorin credits a big part of his success to his experience at an HBCU molding him into the man he is today. Today, Lorin is a proud Clark Atlanta alum, where he received his Bachelor of Arts/Science, and he went on to receive his Master of Science and PhD from Duke University. Lorin is currently a professor at Brown University, as well as a loving husband, son, brother, and friend. We could not be more proud of all his amazing work and cannot wait to see how this trailblazer will impact the generations to come.

Lorin Crawford Overview

Lorin Crawford is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, and a core faculty member of the Center for Statistical Sciences and Center for Computational Molecular Biology at Brown University. His scientific research interests involve the development of novel and efficient computational methodologies to address complex problems in statistical genetics, cancer pharmacology, and radiomics (e.g. cancer imaging). Dr. Crawford has an extensive background in modeling massive data sets of high-throughput molecular information as it pertains to functional genomics and cellular-based biological processes. Machine learning and nonparametric regression-based techniques have been a significant part of his past work. Recently, the Crawford lab group has worked on developing methods that take significant steps towards solving the computational costs and interpretability limitations while studying nonlinear interactions among features in genetic association studies.
Before joining Brown, Dr. Crawford received his PhD from the Department of Statistical Science at Duke University where he was formerly co-advised by Drs. Sayan Mukherjee and Kris C. Wood. He also received his Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics from Clark Atlanta University.
Crawford's research sits at the intersection of genetics and statistics. His lab is building machine learning algorithms that help scientists understand the complex interactions between different genetic features in order to better understand genetic disorders.

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Above, NCRF honors Lorin Crawford (second from right) for his amazing work in education and his heart to pave it forward for those that come after him at the 2016 National College Resources Foundation's Annual Gala.