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Barbara  Evans

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Barbara Evans

Alumnae College Professor of Law
Director, Center on Biotechnology & Law

Affiliated Faculty, Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources
Affiliated Member, Baylor College of Medicine Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy


B.S.E.E., The University of Texas at Austin (with Honors)
M.S., Ph.D., Stanford University
J.D., Yale Law School
LL.M., The University of Houston Law Center

Barbara Evans is the Alumnae College Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Biotechnology & Law at the University of Houston Law Center, a member institution of the Texas Medical Center. Her research interests include citizen science and citizen-led bioethics standard-setting, health information systems and data privacy, and FDA regulatory issues with genome sequencing and gene editing. She was named a Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholar in Bioethics for 2010-2013 and is an elected member of the American Law Institute. Her recent activities have included service on the U.S. National Academies’ Committee on Future Biotechnology Products; the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults; the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Sentinel System Privacy Panel, Patient Engagement Working Group, and National Evaluation System for Health Technologies Planning Board; and the U.S. National Committee for Vital and Health Statistics. She holds an electrical engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.S. and Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from Stanford University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical ethics at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She is licensed to practice law in New York and Texas.

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