Rosario Isasi, J.D., M.P.H.

Title/Position: Research Assistant Professor


Rosario Isasi, J.D., M.P.H., is a Research Assistant Professor at the Miller School of Medicine with appointments in the Dr. J. 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. Professor Isasi has built an international reputation as a scholar with particular expertise in the area of comparative law and ethics regarding genomics and regenerative medicine.

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.

Email: Risasi
Phone: (305) 243-2365

1501 NW 10th Avenue,  Biomedical Research Building (BRB) Room 361
Miami, FL 33136

Recent Publications:
• Isasi R., Kleideman E. Knoppers B.M. Editing Policy to Fit the Genome? Science 2016;351(6271):337-9. doi: 10.1126/science.aad6778 
• Isasi R., Knoppers B.M. Correspondence: Oversight of Human Inheritable Genome Modification.  Nat Biotechnol 2015;33(5):454-5. doi: 10.1038/nbt.3231 
• Bosley KS, Botchan M, Bredenoord AL, et. al. (Isasi R). CRISPR Germline Engineering – The Community Speaks. Nat Biotechnol 2015;33(5):478-86. doi: 10.1038/nbt.3227. 
• Bredenoord AL, Mostert M, Isasi R, Knoppers BM. Data Sharing in Stem Cell Translational Science:  Policy Statement by the International Stem Cell Forum Ethics Working Party. Regen Med 2015;10(7):857-61. doi: 10.2217/rme.15.42.