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Dr Robin Pierce

Senior Law and Ethics Associate


Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School
23 Everett St., Room 323
MA 02138

Dr. Robin Pierce obtained her PhD from Harvard University in Health Policy, with a focus on comparative genetic privacy. Dr. Pierce also holds a Juris Doctor from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.

She is currently Senior Law and Ethics Associate at Harvard Law School, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law & Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics and Harvard Catalyst Center for Translational and Clinical Research. She has been on the faculty of Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. Dr. Pierce served as leader of the Kluyver Centre’s Industrial Genomics for Society Programme in The Netherlands and has been involved in several European projects focusing on synthetic biology.

Her current research explores policy, legal and ethical issues of translational research in the life sciences, most recently involving synthetic biology, neuroscience, and nanomedicine. In 2014 she was appointed Associate Editor for Science and Genetics at the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry.

Dr. Pierce is an active member of the Genetics and Society Working Group in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is a frequent speaker internationally on policy, ethical, and legal issues regarding advances in biotechnology. She has served on ethics committees, advisory boards, and research ethics committees for several research institutions in Europe and the US, including the institutional review boards for Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Pierce has taught across disciplines including ELSI courses for natural sciences, such as “Social Issues in Biology” at Harvard Medical School and courses in “Remedies” and “Legal Writing and Analysis” as an adjunct professor of law at John F. Kennedy School of Law. She has published across disciplines on science and health policy and translational issues in such journals as Indiana International and Comparative Law, The Lancet Neurology, Nature, and Social Science and Medicine.