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    • public health law
    • biotechnology policy
    • reproductive rights
    • bioethics
    Bioethicist and science policy specialist; Star Trek, poker and Jane Austen fan
    Bioethicist and science policy specialist; Star Trek, poker and Jane Austen fan
    Alta Charo (BA biology, Harvard; JD Columbia) is the Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law & Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, appointed at both the law and medical schools, where she teaches biotechnology policy, bioethics, public health law and torts. Early in her career she was a legal analyst at the congressional Office of Technology Assessment and the US Agency for International Development. She was a member of President Clinton’s National Bioethics Advisory Commission and President Obama’s transition team, focusing on issues related to HHS. From 2009 – 2011 she served as a senior policy advisor in the Office of the Commissioner at the FDA. At present she is a member of the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications advisory group for the Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Professor Charo is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, where her service has included membership on its Council, its Board on Population Health, its Board on Health Sciences Policy, its 2006 committee on the future of drug safety and its recent committee on mitochondrial replacement techniques. She co-chaired the committee that drafted guidelines for embryonic stem cell research and currently co-chairs its study committee on gene editing.