Jennifer Croker
Senior Administrative Director, Center for Clinical & Translational Science, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Clinical Immunology & Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Jennifer Croker is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Jennifer is interested in the use of large-scale genetic association studies and genomic characterization to enhance our appreciation of gene variants and modifications that contribute to disease risk and severity, including systemic lupus erythematosus, lupus nephritis and end state renal disease. In the process, she has been part of a transdisciplinary team that has assembled an unprecedented cohort of diverse, clinically phenotyped subjects and genetic data, which allows continued opportunity to identify risk factors for LN/ESRD and to understand racial disparities in health outcomes. In parallel to this work, as Senior Administrative Director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, the CTSA Hub based at UAB, Jennifer has become interested in investigating the clinical and translational science principles, examining mechanisms for enhanced scientific peer review, self-directed learning, multi-site outcomes research, quality improvement analysis, return of genetic results and tactics for collaborative innovation. She has leveraged this experience to catalyze rapid insights related to SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19-related outcomes.

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