News : 2016 : February

HIHG Announces New Members

Dr. Wang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences (DPHS) at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. She is affiliated with the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics (HIHG). She is also the Co-Director of the HIHG Statistical and Bioinformatics Consulting Core in the HIHG Center for Genetic Epidemiology and Statistical Genetics. Previously, she was a tenured Associate Professor of Biostatistics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Her research interest is to develop effective statistical models for the analysis of high throughput genomics datasets. Her recent work includes development of mixed effects models for pathway-based analysis of gene expression datasets and genome-wide association studies. Over the past 11 years, Dr. Wang has also collaborated with clinical and basic science researchers on a variety of projects ranging from basic science and high-throughput genomics to clinical trials.

Rosario Isasi, J.D., M.P.H., is a Research Assistant Professor at the Miller School of Medicine with appointments in the Dr. John 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. She holds many leadership roles in major international initiatives. She is the Ethics Advisor of the European Commission’s European Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Registry (hPSCREG), a member of the American Society for Human Genetics (ASHG) Task Force on “Gene Editing” and the Academic Secretary of the International Stem Cell Forum Ethics Working Party. Professor Isasi is also a member of the Steering Committee and leads the Governance Working Group of the International Stem Cell Banking Initiative (ISCBI). Closely related to her academic work is her role as an ethics and policy adviser to government, professional and international bodies, such as the United Nations, where she played an active role in the adoption of the UN Declaration on Human Cloning. Most recently, she contributed to the development of harmonized ELSI and educational tools for Canadian Blood Services’ National Public Cord Blood Bank, the Centre for the Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) and to the Bioethics Education Project of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Mrs. Isasi was the first post-doctoral fellow at the Canadian Program on Genomics and Global Health at Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto. She received further post-doctoral training at the Centre de Recherche en Droit Public, Université De Montréal. She holds her law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, where she practiced corporate and health law. She received her Masters of Public Health from Boston University.