Caroline Schuerger Engages With Local and National Communities

Caroline Schuerger is a Ph.D. Candidate in Molecular Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic, and an active member of the State Fellowships and DEI Committees.

A photo of Caroline Schuerger wearing a light olive button-up shirt and a black jacket.

I research epigenetic targets for non-toxic bladder cancer therapies. I moved to Cleveland after graduating with my bachelor’s degrees in biology and chemistry from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

What made you interested in science policy?

I’ve always wanted to help people with my science, and I learned I can contribute to society outside of the lab. My fellowship at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine cemented my interest and love of policy. I’m glad to have found NSPN (through a lot of Googling) where I can combine my interests and use my experiences towards using science and data for evidence-based policies. I’m super passionate about bridging the science-policy gap and engaging local policymakers to benefit the overall community, and have found my place within NSPN with other science policy people interested in state and local policy!

How are you involved in NSPN and your local chapter?

At CWRU, our group is the Science and Human Rights Coalition. NSPN serves as a great mechanism for our Policy Directorate, where we provide opportunities for advocacy and activism to promote science and integrate human rights principles into science policy. NSPN provides resources and a framework for supporting our activities.
Where are you involved in science policy outside of NSPN?

The Ohio Science Policy Consortium (OSPC) was founded by a group of Ph.D. candidates from all over the State of Ohio. Our mission is to bridge the gap between science and policy, integrate evidence into policymaking, and support innovation to better the lives of all Ohioans. Our main goal is to foster public policy engagement for scientists and build community relationships. Scientists and policymakers can work together to benefit our communities.

What do you enjoy doing outside of science policy?

I really enjoy exploring Cleveland! The Cleveland Museum of Art is one of my favorites, and Cuyahoga Valley National Park is right down the road. I am fully invested in Cleveland sports teams, the great breweries, and the community as a whole. Currently, I love spending time with my dog, two cats, and husband, finishing up my dissertation, and watching reality television.

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To learn more about Caroline, follow her on Twitter: @clschuerger.

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