Phoenix, Arizona


Swanson.Kristin@mayo.edu Clinical Profile


Kristin R. Swanson, Ph.D., is a mathematical oncologist with research interests in clinical trial design and mathematical modeling for the treatment of patients with brain cancer.

Dr. Swanson's lab works to generate patient-specific predictive models to effectively and accurately predict tumor growth and response to therapy in individual patients. The lab works with clinical and research teams at Mayo Clinic to bring these innovations to the clinic while identifying new predictive models.

Focus areas

  • Cancer biology
  • Brain and nervous system cancer
  • Medical informatics
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Oncology
  • Quantitative MRI
  • Radiation oncology
  • Radiology

Significance to patient care

The research conducted by Dr. Swanson in the development of patient-specific mathematical models can generate accurate predictions of disease course and response to therapy. This information can be used to inform novel therapy design, resulting in better treatment and outcomes for patients.

Professional highlights

  • Vasek and Anna Maria Polak Professor of Cancer Research, 2020

Clinical Studies

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Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Department of Neurologic Surgery

Administrative Appointment

  1. Senior Associate Consultant II-Research, Department of Research
  2. Vice Chair for Research, Department of Neurologic Surgery
  3. Senior Associate Consultant II-Research, Department of Radiation Oncology

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Neurosurgery


  1. Post Doctoral Fellowship - Mathematical and Computational Medicine University of California, San Francisco
  2. Ph.D. - NSF Mathematical Biology Graduate Research Fellow/Boeing Research Fellow/Graduate Research Associate/Teaching Assistant University of Washington
  3. MS - Mathematical Biology University of Washington
  4. BS - Mathematics (Minor: Physics) Tulane University

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