Dr. Lawrence completed medical school at Washington University School of Medicine in 1997 and internal medicine internship and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in 2000. He then completed an infectious diseases fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine and received a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2004.
He is currently Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Washington University School of Medicine. His research interests focus on the human immune response to viral infections and vaccines, and the epidemiology of Clostridium difficile-associated disease (CDAD). Current research projects include collaborative work with Dr. Sharon Frey and Dr. Robert Belshe at Saint Louis University's Center for Vaccine Development evaluating the immune response to various smallpox vaccines.
Dr. Lawrence is also Associate Director of Emergency Response Planning for the Midwest Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research, where he participates in regional bioterrorism and pandemic influenza preparedness activities. He sees patients at Barnes-Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, and is actively involved with teaching medical students, residents and infectious diseases fellows.