Simone Benitz, PhD

Simone Benitz, PhD


Crawford Lab

Department of Surgery

Henry Ford Health System


Dr. Simone Benitz has been a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Dr. Howard Crawford, initially at the
University of Michigan, and now at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. She received her PhD at the
Technical University in Munich, Germany, studying epigenetic alterations in pancreatic cancer. Her
primary research interests are the investigation of transcriptional and epigenetic changes that drive
cellular reprogramming in pancreatic cancer initiation as well as late-stage tumor progression. Dr. Benitz
aims to become an independent researcher with the goal of detecting novel molecular markers that can
be used for early diagnosis and exploited for therapeutic intervention, improving the quality of life of