Jennifer Wagner

Jennifer Wagner

Jennifer Wagner

Assistant Professor of Law, Policy, and Engineering


PhD, Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University, 2010
JD, Law, University of North Carolina, 2007
Graduate Program in Biomedical Science, University of Michigan, 2003
BA, Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University, 2002


Dr. Wagner’s research has been focused on the international human right to science, including human-centered design and matters of nondiscrimination, privacy, and equity with genetic/omic and mobile/digital health technologies.

Prior to joining Penn State, Dr. Wagner conducted ELSI research at Duke University’s Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Integration of Genetic Healthcare Technologies, and Geisinger’s Center for Translational Bioethics & Health Care Policy. As a 2014–2015 AAAS Science & Engineering Congressional Fellow, she assisted with science and privacy policy issues in a US Senator’s office. Her work has also been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States.

Dr. Wagner is former chair of the ASHG Social Issues Committee (now known as the Professional Practice and Social Implications Committee), former co-chair of the Ethics Committee for the American Association of Biological Anthropologists, current member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Committee, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Sage Bionetworks. Dr. Wagner is an Associate Editor for Human Genetics and Genomics Advances.

In addition to her primary appointment at Penn State as assistant professor of law, policy, and engineering, Dr. Wagner is an affiliate assistant professor in the department of biomedical engineering (BME), an academic affiliate in the institute for computational and data sciences (ICDS), and an academic affiliate in the department of anthropology.

She is on Twitter as @DNAlawyer.

Research Projects

  • September 2020–August 2022, "Consumer Protections for Genomics and Precision Health," (Sponsor: National Human Genome Research Institute).
  • September 2021–August 2022, "Consumer Protections for Genomics and Precision Health," (Sponsor: National Human Genome Research Institute).
  • August 2020–July 2021, "The Genetic Architecture of Human Facial Morphology," (Sponsor: National Institutes of Health Office of the Director (OD) and National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)).
  • January 2012–February 2019, "Multidisciplinary Study of Race, Appearance, Ancestry, Discrimination & Prejudice," (Sponsor: National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)).


Jennifer Wagner