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.
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 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.
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.