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.
The Advisory Board provides ideas and insights to guide CERA research projects and advises on emerging trends in ELSI of genetics and genomics research. In addition, the membership identifies new topics for commissions, collections and special issues, peer-reviews original CERA content, and writes occasional editorials.
Robbee Wedow, Ph.D.
Robbee Wedow is a professor of sociology and data science at Purdue University, of genetics at the Indiana University Medical School, and an affiliate of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. His research centers on sociogenomics, which lies at the intersection of sociology, demography, and computational genetics. He is interested in how social forces and environments interact with genetics.
Krystal Tsosie, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A.
Krystal Tsosie (Diné/Navajo Nation), Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A. is an Indigenous geneticist-bioethicist and incoming faculty at Arizona State University. As an advocate for Indigenous genomic data sovereignty, she co-founded the first Indigenous-led biobank for U.S. Tribes. Her research centers on genetic epidemiology, genetic counseling, and ethical engagement with Indigenous communities in precision health.
Altovise T. Ewing, Ph.D., LCGC
Altovise T. Ewing, Ph.D., LCGC is a Health Equity Geneticist and Certified Genetic Counselor. Dr. Ewing’s work focuses on the ethical, legal and social implications of genetic and genomic advancements in medicine and public health, equitable implementation of personalized medicine, and research ethics involving inclusion of diverse populations in genetics, genomics and biobanking research.
Aaron Panofsky, Ph.D.
Aaron Panofsky, Ph.D. is Professor in the Institute for Society and Genetics, Public Policy, and Sociology and also Director of the Institute for Society and Genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Panofsky’s research focuses on the history, intellectual organization, and social and political dimensions of genetics.
Barbara J. Evans, J.D., LL.M., Ph.D.
Barbara J. Evans, J.D., LL.M., Ph.D. is a Professor of Law and Stephen C. O’Connell Chair at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and Professor of Engineering at the University of Florida Wertheim College of Engineering. Dr. Evans’ work focuses on data privacy and the regulation of machine-learning medical software, genomic technologies, and diagnostic testing.
Kurt Christensen, PhD
Kurt Christensen, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Population Medicine at the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and Harvard Medical School. His research addresses the medical, behavioral, and economic impact of integrating genomic testing into the care of healthy individuals using data from clinical trials and simulation modeling. He currently leads a collaboration with Sanford Health to examine its population genetic screening program, and contributes to numerous other NIH-funded studies.