Sara Huston Katsanis

Sara Huston Katsanis
Instructor in the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
Campus mail: 230 North Building, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 668-7499

Sara Huston Katsanis is faculty instructor in the Initiative for Science & Society at Duke University. Her policy research focuses on genetic testing applications in humanitarian efforts, medicine and law enforcement. She researches ethical and policy challenges in the applications of genomics to human identification in contexts, such as human trafficking, migration, and adoption fraud. Past research explored direct-­to-­consumer genetic testing, pharmacogenetics drug labeling, familial searching of CODIS, and surreptitious collection of DNA. Katsanis received a MS in Medical Genetics in 1997, then worked as a DNA Analyst at the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office, and then managed the Johns Hopkins DNA Diagnostic Laboratory. By 2006, Katsanis began genetics policy research working with the Genetics & Public Policy Center in Washington, DC. She joined Duke in 2009.

Education and Training

  • Clemson University, B.S. 1995
  • Brunel University (UK), M.S. 1997