Pilar Ossorio

Pilar Ossorio

Ethics Investigator and Ethics Program Lead



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I am a professor of law and bioethics at UW–Madison and co-director of the Law and Neuroscience Program. Formerly, I was a director at the Institute for Ethics at the American Medical Association and worked as staff for the federal government’s program on the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Human Genomics. I have served on numerous federal and international science policy advisory committees. My research interests include governance of large-scale biosciences research, protections for people who participate in research, data sharing, ethics of “big data” science and uses of race in research and medicine.


Stanford University, Ph.D., Microbiology and Immunology 1990; B.S., Biology, 1983

Yale University School of Medicine, Post Doctoral Fellowship, 1990 – 1993

University of California School of Law, J.D., 1997