Andrea Waksmunski, PhD

Post Doctoral Scholar
Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences
School of Medicine

PhD Dissertation: From Variants to Pathways: Interrogating the Genetic Architecture of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Dr. Waksmunski’s postdoctoral research centers on genetic epidemiology, bioethics, and science communication. Specifically, she is applying statistical and translational research to primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), which has devastating consequences for individuals, families, and their communities. Studying the genetic architecture of this and other common, age-related eye disease may uncover novel genetic loci and biological pathways disrupted in individuals with POAG or other age-related conditions. This is especially important to consider across diverse populations who present with varying incidence of POAG.

Beyond identifying genetic factors for POAG, it is important to consider and articulate the implications of research findings in clinical and community-based settings. Her work also includes assessing and addressing the values and perceptions of the individuals with whom she and her colleagues are working to set a foundation for the translational applications of this work. 

Dr. Waksmunski was recently awarded a Visual Sciences Training Program (T32) training grant from CWRU 

Awards and Honors

National Eye Institute Scholar's Travel Grant
2019
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Science Communication Training Fellowship
2019
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Graduate Student Appreciation Award
2019
School of Graduate Studies, Case Western Reserve University
Student Leadership Award, CWRU School of Medicine
2019
Biomedical Graduate Student Organization, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
First Place Poster Award
2019
Biomedical Student Symposium, Case Western Reserve University
Graduate Student Travel Award
2018
Case Western Reserve University
1st Place Poster Award
2018
Advanced Neuroscience Network's Big Data Neuroscience Workshop

Education

PhD
Genetics and Genomics Sciences
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
2020
Bachelor of Science
Biochemistry, Graduated summa cum laude
Juniata College
2015
HHMI Certificate
Genomics, Ethics & Society
Juniata College
2015