Stanford Center for
Biomedical Ethics

Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, Ph.D.

Tel: (650) 498-7426




Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, Ph.D. is a medical anthropologist whose work probes the social and cultural contexts of emerging scientific technologies and their application in biomedicine. Dr. Lee is a co-investigator at the Center for Integrated Research on Genetics and Ethics (CIRGE) (2P50HG003389) and leads several ongoing projects related to the social and ethical implications of human genetic variation research. Dr. Lee’s work focuses on the meaning of "race" in scientific practices and on public understandings of genetic differences among populations. She has examined racial classification and its implications for the field of pharmacogenomics and on the public health goal of eliminating health disparities in the U.S. Dr. Lee’s research interests include the development of personal genomics and the commercialization of genetic sequencing technologies.  She is principal investigator of the study Social Networking and Personal Genomics: Emerging Issues in Health Research (R01HG005086), which is an ethnographic examination of direct-to-consumer personal genetic testing.  This study investigates the experiences of consumers who share their personal genomic information and examines how new modes of circulation of genetic data reflect shifting values and social relationships.

Dr. Lee has received several awards, including a Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship, a National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award (F32HG00221), and a National Human Genome Research Institute Career Development Award in Research Ethics (K01 HL72465). Dr. Lee has been a Faculty Fellow at the School for Advanced Research in the seminar Rethinking Race and Science: Biology, Genes and Culture, the Wenner Gren Foundation Workshop on the Anthropology of Potentiality in Teresópolis, Brazil, and the Economic and Social Research Council Genomics Forum at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Committed to interdisciplinary dialogue, Dr. Lee has published numerous articles in journals reaching diverse audiences including the American Journal of Public Health, Genome Biology, Public Health Genomics, American Journal of Bioethics, PLoS Biology, Genome Medicine, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Current Anthropology, JAMA, Genetic in Medicine and Science. Dr. Lee is co-editor of the book, Revisiting Race in a Genomic Age (2008), and is currently working on a book project entitled, American DNA: Race, Justice and the New Genetic Sciences.

In addition to her research and teaching activities, Dr. Lee serves on the Consultation and Oversight Committee of the International HapMap Collection at the Coriell Repositories and was previously Co-Chair of the Institutional Review Board at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California. Dr. Lee is a member of the Social and Ethical Issues in Research Committee for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health and is Co-Chair of the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Genetic Research Affinity Group of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.

Dr. Lee received her undergraduate degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology from the Joint Program at the University of California, Berkeley and UCSF. She completed postdoctoral training in Bioethics and Genetics from Stanford University School of Medicine.  Dr. Lee is currently a Senior Research Scholar at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics (SCBE) and faculty in the Stanford Program in Science, Technology and Society.

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