Laƫl Cranmer Gatewood, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Dr. Gatewood has been instrumental in establishing the University of Minnesota as a leader in health informatics. She and her colleagues have produced cutting-edge research and developed innovative technologies in the fields of micro-population simulation modeling, clinical decision-making and laboratory information systems, and microbial biotechnology databases. Gatewood was key in establishing the National Micro-population Simulation Resource, a pioneering individual-based modeling resource for epidemiology. Over the years she has worked with informatics colleagues and doctoral student to develop simulation programs for modeling genetic, chronic, and infectious diseases, neural networks, and social networks.

Since 2000 Dr. Gatewood has shaped the IPHIE and its Master Classes. She stands out by her continuous and passionate engagement to the IPHIE.


  • PhD, University of Minnesota (Biometry), 1971
  • MS, University of Minnesota (Biophysics), 1966
  • BA, Rockford College (Divisional Science), 1959
  • Founding Fellow, American College of Medical Informatics