Erin Cadwalader leverages her biological research expertise and experience in government relations to offer Lewis-Burke clients unique insight on how to most effectively advance their research objectives in the areas of biomedical research and social science. Dr. Cadwalader monitors and analyzes congressional legislation, public policy activities, and federal funding opportunities to formulate effective advocacy strategies and tactical legislative planning.
Prior to joining Lewis-Burke, Dr. Cadwalader was the public policy fellow at the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), where she developed and implemented advocacy strategies for positive system transformation to address the gender gap in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) pipeline. In this role, she worked closely with various stakeholders and coalitions, including policy makers, government agencies, academics, and other non-profits to raise awareness, identify new solutions, and implement change. Dr. Cadwalader began her D.C. advocacy career as a science policy fellow at Research!America. In this capacity, she worked to urge support for biomedical research, disseminating complex scientific research to the general public and communicating critical policy to members of Congress. She also served as a health policy advocate for the Utah Health Policy Project, analyzing proposed legislation on S-CHIP and advocating at the state level for solutions to address disparities in health outcomes for various populations.
Dr. Cadwalader’s career in academia boasts over a decade of laboratory research in developmental biology. During her graduate studies at the University of Utah, where she earned her Ph.D in neurobiology and anatomy, her research focused on how cells communicate information to one another in early zebrafish development. As an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she studied differentiation in human embryonic stem cells, earning a B.S. in biochemistry. She also recently served as an advisory board member on the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP).