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Sara Katsanis

Research Assistant Professor
Northwestern University


Sara Huston Katsanis is a Research Assistant Professor at Northwestern University and Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Her policy research focuses on genetic testing applications in humanitarian efforts, medicine and law enforcement. She is exploring policy challenges for applying scientific technologies to human identification in human rights contexts, such as human trafficking, migration, and adoption fraud. Katsanis received a MS in Medical Genetics in the UK in 1997. From 1998-2000, she worked as a DNA Analyst at the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office. From 2002, she managed the Johns Hopkins DNA Diagnostic Laboratory in Baltimore and in 2006, transitioned to working in genetics policy research, starting with the Genetics & Public Policy Center at Johns Hopkins in Washington, DC. From 2009-2019 Katsanis was faculty at Duke University and recently transitioned to Chicago to Northwestern and Lurie.


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