Sheldon Krimsky, PhD, is the Chair of CRG. He is professor of Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning in the School of Arts & Sciences and Adjunct Professor in Public Health and Family Medicine in the School of Medicine at Tufts University. He received his bachelors and masters degrees in physics from Brooklyn College, CUNY and Purdue University respectively, and a masters and doctorate in philosophy at Boston University. Professor Krimsky's research has focused on the linkages between science/technology, ethics/values and public policy. He is the author of eight books including Genetic Alchemy: The Social History of the Recombinant DNA Controversy (MIT Press) and Rights and Liberties in the Biotech Age: Why We Need a Genetic Bill of Rights (Rowman & Littlefield Pub.) Professor Krimsky has published over 175 essays and reviews that have appeared in many books and journals. He is currently completing a book under contract with Columbia University Press titled Genetic Justice: DNA Databanking, Civil Liberties and Criminal Investigation. Professor Krimsky has served on a number of national and international advisory committees.
Paul Billings, MD, PhD, FACP, FACMG, is the Vice Chair of CRG. Billings is the Chief Medical Officer of Life Technologies, Corp. Previously he had served as Chief Science Officer for El Camino Hospital's Genomic Medicine Institute. He has been Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley and is a member of the HHS Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genomics, Health and Society. For many years, he conducted investigations on the impact of genetic information and technology on society. He has been on the faculties of Harvard, UCSF, and Stanford Universities, and served as the Chief Medical Officer of the Heart of Texas Veteran's Integrated Health Care System. Dr. Billings is on the boards of several for-profit and not-for-profit organizations seeking to improve health care.
Evan Balaban, PhD, is associate professor of psychology at McGill University and former head of the Neurosciences Program at CUNY College of Staten Island and the New York State Institute for Basic Research on Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Balaban has lectured around the world on the relationship between genetics and behavior, co-edited The Differences Between the Sexes, and is currently working on a book titled Moral Biology: Genetics and the Complex Human Phenotype. While a senior fellow in experimental neurobiology at the Neurosciences Institute, Professor Balaban's research was cited by Discover Magazine in 1998 in their coverage of Most Important Scientific Discoveries of the Year. He has a Ph.D. from Rockefeller University in animal behavior, genetics, and neurobiology and was a postdoctoral fellow at C.N.R.S. et College de France Institut d'Embryologie.
Robert DeSalle, PhD., is Curator in the Division of Invertebrate Zoology and Co-Director of the Molecular Systematics Laboratories at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. His work generally is in the areas of molecular evolution, population genetics, molecular systematics, and developmental biology. A second aspect of DeSalle's research concerns the conservation genetics of endangered species. In collaboration with the New York Zoological Society, he is examining the molecular genetics of several diverese endangered species. He holds adjunct professorships at Columbia University, Yale University, New York University, and City University of New York and plays a significant role in the AMNH’s own PhD program. Mr. DeSalle is the Associate Editor of Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution and Evolution Ancient Biomolecules and on the Editorial Board of Systematic Biology. In addition to his research and teaching, Dr. DeSalle co-authored "The Science of Jurassic Park and the Lost World" and has a new book on Race and Genetics coming out this year. He has been lead curator for many exhibits, including the recent highly successful "The Genomics Revolution" exhibit now on tour throughout the United States.
Robert Green, MD, MPH, Dr. Green is a physician-scientist and a faculty member in the Division of Genetics, Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School where he is Associate Director for Research in the Partners Center for Personalized Genetic Medicine. Dr. Green’s research interests have evolved from a focus on clinical trials and genetic epidemiology to a focus on translational genomics and health outcomes. He has been continuously funded by NIH for 21 years and has published over 300 articles. He serves on a number of advisory, editorial and grant review boards and is a regular member of the NHGRI study section on ELSI and Human Genetics. Currently, Dr. Green directs the REVEAL Study, (HG02213 funded 1999-2013), having built a team of clinicians, geneticists, genetic counselors, health psychologists, ethicists and policy scholars to conduct 4 separate multi-center randomized clinical trials that have collectively enrolled over 1100 individuals in order to explore emerging themes in translational genomics.
Rayna Rapp, PhD, is Professor of Anthropology at New York University. Her interests include gender, reproduction, science and technology, the social impact of genome research, and kinship and disabilities. Her prize winning book Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: the Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America (1999) explored the social impacts and meanings of amniocentesis, illuminating how communication problems between practitioners and patients were the result of profound differences in beliefs about what makes a good parent, what risk means, the proper balance between personal autonomy and commitments to family, the nature of disability, and the moral status of the fetus. Her new collaborative research is on genetic knowledge. She has also been active in an international research group tracking the impact of new medical technologies; and two bioethics projects concerned with the re-inscription of race as a medical category through genomic research.
Patricia J. Williams, JD, is the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, and writes a column for The Nation magazine titled "Diary of a Mad Law Professor." She is a prominent law critic and a proponent of critical race theory, an offshoot of 1960s social movements that emphasizes race as a fundamental determinant of the American legal system. Williams received her bachelor's degree from Wellesley College in 1972, and her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1975. She was a fellow in the School of Criticism and Theory at Dartmouth College and has been an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School and its department of women's studies. Williams also worked as a consumer advocate in the office of the City Attorney in Los Angeles. Williams is a member of the State Bar of California and the Bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Williams has served on the advisory council for the Medgar Evers College for Law and Social Justice of the City University of New York and on the board of governors for the Society of American Law Teachers, among others. She was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, which she held from June 2000 until June 2005 and is the author of many books including: The Alchemy of Race and Rights: A Diary of a Law Professor (1991), The Rooster's Egg (1995), Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race (1997), Open House: Of Family, Friends, Food, Piano Lessons, and the Search for a Room of My Own (2004).
CRG Board Emeriti
George Annas, JD, MPH
Adrienne Asch, PhD
Philip Bereano, PhD, JD
University of Washington
Sujatha Byravan, PhD
CDF, IFMR, Chennai
Dr. Liebe Cavalieri. MD
Soan Kettering Institute/SUNY-Purchase
Terri Goldberg, M.S.
Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA)
Rev. Colin Gracey DMin
Jeremy Gruber, JD
Evelyn Hammonds, PhD
Debra Harry, M.S.
Indigenous Peoples Council on Bio-colonialism
Martha R. Herbert, MD, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Ruth Hubbard, PhD
Andrew J. Imparato, JD
Senior Council and Disability Policy Director
Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee
The Chartis Group
Jonathan King, PhD
Oil, Chemical and Atomic Worker's International Union
Claire Nader, PhD (past Board chair)
Dr. Stuart Newman, MD
New York Medical College
Devon Pena, PhD
Little People of America
Dr. Barbara Rosenberg, MD
Sloan Kettering Institute/SUNY-Purchase
Doreeen Stabinsky, PhD
University of California, Davis
Lola Vollen, MD, MPH
University of California, Berkeley, Institute for International Studies.
Susan Wright, PhD
University of Pennsylvania