CERA is led by a multi-disciplinary team with advanced expertise in genomics, bioethics, legal analysis, social science research, and related fields. The CERA leadership identifies priority areas in ELSI, ensures the integrity of our collection of ELSI resources and analysis, and guides the community building and engagement activities of the Center.
External Scientific Panel
The External Scientific Panel, established by NHGRI, provides regular input on and evaluation of CERA activities and ensures that the perspectives and needs of diverse ELSI communities are considered in an unbiased manner.
Jeff Leek, Ph.D., M.S.
Jeff is a professor of Biostatistics and Oncology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Data Science Lab. His group develops statistical methods, software, data resources, and data analyses that help people make sense of massive-scale genomic and biomedical data. As the co-director of the Johns Hopkins Data Science Lab he has helped to develop massive online open programs that have enrolled more than 8 million individuals and partnered with community-based non-profits to use data science education for economic and public health development. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and Mortimer Spiegelman Award recipient.
Charmaine DM Royal, Ph.D., M.S.
Charmaine DM Royal, Ph.D. is the Robert O. Keohane Professor of African & African American Studies, Biology, Global Health, and Family Medicine & Community Health at Duke University. She also directs the Duke Center on Genomics, Race, Identity, Difference and the Duke Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation.
Scott Roberts, Ph.D.
Scott Roberts, Ph.D. is Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health (U-M SPH). Dr. Roberts directs the U-M SPH Public Health Genetics program, co-directs a dual degree program in Public Health and Genetic Counseling, leads the U-M ELSI Research Training Program, and serves as a faculty member in the U-M Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine.
Eric Juengst, Ph.D
Eric Juengst, Ph.D is Director of UNC Center for Bioethics and Professor in the Department of Social Medicine and the Department of Genetics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Juengst’s research interests and publications have focused on the conceptual and ethical issues raised by new advances in human genetics and biotechnology.
Rosario Isasi, J.D., M.P.H.
Rosario Isasi, J.D., M.P.H. is a Research Assistant Professor at the Miller School of Medicine with appointments in the Dr. J. T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics, the Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy, the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics and the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute.
James Dubois, D.Sc., Ph.D.
James Dubois, D.Sc., Ph.D. is Director of the Bioethics Research Center, the Steven J. Bander Professor of Medical Ethics and Professionalism, and Professor of Psychology & Brain Sciences, at Washington University School of Medicine. He is a founding Editor of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: A Journal of Qualitative Research, published by Johns Hopkins University Press.