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Lauren Zeitels

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Lauren Zeitels
Born(1984-07-05)July 5, 1984
Ann Arbor, Michigan
DiedMarch 12, 2017(2017-03-12) (aged 32)
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania,
University of Cambridge,
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Notable worksGenetic aspects of colorectal research
Notable awardsthe Gates Cambridge Scholarship,
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship,
the Roy and Diana Vagelos Challenge Award

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Lauren Rachel Zeitels (born July 5 1984) was an American physician-scientist and internist,[1] who performed research in tumor suppression and molecular biology. She was the co-chair of the Gates Cambridge Alumni Association[2] and an internal medicine resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital. While at the Massachusetts General Hospital she co-founded the Pathways Program which fosters deeper scientific investigation of unusual medical cases in order to discover novel disease treatments.[3] She was also a former co-president of the University of Pennsylvania chapter of Habitat for Humanity.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Lauren Zeitels was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and grew up in Pennsylvania and New Jersey,[6] the eldest of three children. Her mother, Susan Hatfield, is a Pharmacist and father, Jerrold Zeitels, is a Plastic Surgeon. She attended her primary school at Watchung Hills Regional High School[3] and moved to Pennsylvania to pursue higher studies. She matriculated to the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her B.A. in biochemistry and a master’s of science degree in chemistry. She earned an M Phil in Genetics from University of Cambridge.[1] She went on to acquire her medical and doctoral degree at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine[7] before beginning her internal medicine residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital.[3][4]


Lauren Zeitels and a colleague were tragically killed in an avalanche while vacationing in Banff, Canada on March 12, 2017.[5][6][7][8]

Awards and Honors[edit]


  • Chubb Group "Top Ten" Scholarships, Outstanding Achievement in English and Biology, Rutgers Waksman Student Scholars Program[9]
  • Appointed as one of only two students to represent New Jersey at the National Youth Science Camp in West Virginia and was one of 48 in the nation to win "Honorable Mention Award" in the DuPont Science Essay Challenge[10]
  • Awarded Van Doren scholarship for the academic year.[11]


  • Benjamin Franklin Scholar and the Recipient of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship[12]
  • Won Dean’s Scholars award[12]


  • Conferred the Roy and Diana Vagelos Challenge Award[12]


  • Received a Gates Cambridge Scholarship during her senior year of undergraduate study[12][12]

See also[edit]

  • Carl Alving
  • Leonard Calabrese
  • Joann Elmore


  1. 1.0 1.1 Parker, Alex (29 March 2017). "Passionate young doctor sought to build bridges". New Jersey Hills Media Group.
  2. "Tributes paid to former Cambridge scholar killed in avalanch". BBC. 4 April 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Hochron, Adam (29 March 2017). "NJ parents remember 'adventuresome' daughter killed in Canadian avalanch". New Jersy 101.5.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Indani, Esha (4 June 2017). "A 2006 Penn graduate, who died in recent avalanche in Canada, is remembered as compassionate and brilliant doctor". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "2 MGH doctors identified as victims in deadly avalanche". Boston 25 News. 27 March 2017.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "avalanche victims remembered as 'seasoned outdoor enthusiasts' in Boston". CBC News. 28 March 2017.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Boston Hospital IDs 2 Doctors Killed in Avalanche". NBC Boston. 27 March 2017.
  8. Potkins, Meghan (27 March 2017). "'Unthinkable loss': Young doctors killed in Lake Louise avalanche identified". Calgary Herald.
  9. "Array of awards presented to Watchung Hills seniors". New Jersey Hills Media Group. 27 June 2002.
  10. "For Zeitels, Twice The Achievement". New Jersey Hills Media Group. 13 June 2013.
  11. "Van Doren scholarship winners named". New Jersey Hills Media Group. 16 May 2002.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 "Senior wins year of study at Cambridge". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 2 July 2016.

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