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.

Charmaine Royal, Ph.D. ESLIIhub External Scientific Panel

Charmaine DM Royal, MS, PhD

Charmaine Royal is Professor of African & African American Studies, Biology, Global Health, and Family Medicine & Community Health at Duke University. She also has appointments in the Duke Initiative for Science & Society and the Kenan Institute for Ethics. She directs the Duke Center on Genomics, Race, Identity, Difference and the Duke Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation. Dr. Royal’s research, scholarship, and teaching are transdisciplinary and global, focusing on ethical, social, scientific, and clinical implications of genetics and genomics, particularly issues at the intersection of genetics and ‘race’. Her primary goal is to dismantle ideologies and systems of ‘race’ and racism in research, healthcare, and society. She serves on numerous domestic and international advisory committees and boards pertaining to her work. Dr. Royal obtained her bachelor’s degree in microbiology, master’s in genetic counseling, and doctorate in human genetics from Howard University. She completed postgraduate training in ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) research and bioethics at the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health, and in epidemiology and behavioral medicine at Howard University Cancer Center.

Scott Roberts, Ph.D. ELSIhub External Scientific Panel

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.

Subha Madhavan, Ph.D., FACMI ELSIhub External Scientific Panel

Subha Madhavan, Ph.D., FACMI

Subha Madhavan, Ph.D., FACMI is the Chief Data Scientist at the Georgetown University Medical Center, Director of the Innovation Center for Biomedical Informatics (ICBI), and Associate Professor of Oncology. She is a world-class leader in data science, clinical informatics and health IT. She is responsible for several biomedical informatics efforts including at the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical Translational Science and co-directs Lombardi Cancer Center’s Biostatistics and Bioinformatics shared resource.

Eric Juengst, Ph.D ELSIhub External Scientific Panel

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. ELSIhub External Scientific Panel

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. ELSIhub External Scientific Panel

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.