Boston University School of Law

Lisa N. Geller

Education

Pitzer College, Claremont, CA
B.A.

University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Ph.D.

Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA
J.D

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Postdoctoral/Faculty

Dr. E.A. Kravitz, Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Research Fellow (1986-1988)

Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Research Fellow/Instructor (1989-1997)

Division of Medical Ethics, Harvard Medical School
Faculty (1994-1997)

Current Professional Societies, Working Groups, Editorial Boards

  • Editorial Board, Science and Engineering Ethics
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Boston Patent Law Association
  • Genetic Screening Study Group

Invited Lectures and Teaching

2006 "Ethics and Human Genetics," Boston University

2005 “Bioethics and the Law,” Boston Bar Association

2005 Invited speaker; Ethical Issues Related to Synthetic Biology, American Society for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Dialog on Science, Ethics, and Religion Program

2005 Invited speaker; internal ACLU Conference on forensics and behavior

2005 Invited lecturer; Patent Law and Ethics, Harvard School of Public Health, in “Public Health Genetics: Contemporary Issues and Challenges”

2005 Panel Host, “Our Brains and Us: Neuroethics, Responsibility and the Self,” AAAS Dialog on Science, Ethics, and Religion, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

2004 Boston University Intellectual Property Law Society, Panelist

2003 Speaker, “Multiple Dimensions of Genetic Discrimination,” Program on Science, Technology, and Society, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

2003 Panelist, Conference on The Outer Limits: Defining Ethical Boundries of Biotechnology Research, Andover Newton Theological School and Hebrew College.

2002 Northeast Region Medical Laboratory Conference, Genetics, Ethics, and Issues in Clinical Testing

2002 Panelist, Alternative Careers Workshop, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

2001 Faculty, “Liability Issues for IRB Members” PRIM&R Conference

1994 Workshop organizer, "Workshop on Genetic Technologies for Primary Care Physicians," (CME course)

1994 Lecturer and course organizer, "Sexual Differentiation of the Brain" (offered in Spring 1994), Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School

1994 Faculty, "Biology and Society," (Graduate course in Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Harvard Medical School)

1994 "The Ethical Implications of the New Genetics," Faculty, PRIM&R Conference

1994 Workshop organizer, "Workshop on Genetic Technologies for Primary Care Physicians," (CME course)

1994 Lecturer and course organizer, "Sexual Differentiation of the Brain" (offered in Spring 1994), Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School

1994 Faculty, "Biology and Society," (Graduate course in Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Harvard Medical School)

1993-2004 "Ethics and Human Genetics," Boston University

1993 Invited speaker, American Society for Human Genetics Task Force on Public Awareness

1993 "Is Alzheimer's Disease a Mosaic Form of Down Syndrome?", Shriver Center

1993-1995 Invited faculty, Neurobiology of Animal Behavior, Shoals Marine Laboratory

1993 "Educating for the Responsible Conduct of Science. How Do You Measure Success?" PRIM&R Conference: Educating for the Responsible Conduct of Research

1992 "Molecular Neurobiology" and "Genes, Environment, and Human Behavior," Shoals Marine Laboratory

1991 Invited panelist, "Privacy and the Genome Project," Community television series on The Human Genome Project

Conferences

2005 Conference Organizing Committee, “Our Brains and Us: Neuroethics, Responsibility and the Self,” AAAS Dialog on Science, Ethics, and Religion, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

2005 Conference Organizer, “Race, Genetics, and Medicine: New Information, Enduring Questions”

1995 Conference Organizer, "Human Behavioral and Psychiatric Genetics," Banbury Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories

1993 Conference organizing committee, "Domestic Violence and Abuse," Harvard Medical School

1991 Conference organizer, "Genes and Human Behavior: A New Era? Science and Journalism"

Bibliography (abbreviated)

Beckwith J and Geller L, (2006) Genetic Discrimination: Anticipating the Consequences of Scientific Discovery, In: Genetic Testing: Care, Consent, and Liability, Neil F. Sharpe and Ronald F. Carter, eds., John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ.

Geller LN (2004) “The role of databank managers as guardians of public interests. Commentary on ‘Strategies for consulting with the community: the cases of four large-scale databanks’" (Godard et al.) Sci. Eng. Ethics 10:479-80.

Geller LN 2003, “Current Developments in Genetic Discrimination” In: The Double-Edged Helix: Social Implications of Genetics in a Diverse Society, 2003, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD.

Alper JS, Ard C, Asch A, Beckwith J, Conrad P, and Geller LN, eds. The Double-Edged Helix: Social Implications of Genetics in a Diverse Society, 2003, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD.

Geller, LN (2002) Exploring the role of the research integrity officer. Commentary on 'Seven ways to plagiarize: handling real allegations of research misconduct'. Sci Eng Ethics 8:540-2.

Geller LN (2000) Commentary on “Seeds of Discontent” (S. Hornig Priest and A. W. Gillespie), Sci. Eng. Ethics 6:541-542.

Geller LN, and Potter H, (1999) Chromosome missegregation and trisomy 21 mosaicism in Alzheimer's disease. Neurobiol Dis. 6:167-179.

Beckwith J and Geller LN (1997) Commentary on “The Social Responsibilities of Biological Scientists” (Reiser and Bulger) Sci. Eng. Ethics 3:145-148.

Geller, LN, Alper JS, Billings PR, Barash CI, Beckwith J and Natowicz MR (1996). Individual, family, and societal dimensions of genetic discrimination: A case study analysis. Sci. Eng. Ethics 2: 71-88. Reprinted in The Double-Edged Helix: Social Implications of Genetics in a Diverse Society, 2003, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD.

Potter H and Geller LN (1996) Alzheimer's disease, Down's syndrome, and chromosome segregation. Lancet 348:66.

Geller LN, Delfs JR, Rabins PV and Reichel W (1994) Alzheimer's disease: Biological aspects. In: Clinical Aspects of Aging, 4th Edition. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins (in press).

Alper JS, Geller LN, Barash CI, Billings PR, Laden V and Natowicz MR (1994) Genetic discrimination and screening for hemochromatosis. J. Public Health Policy 15:345-358.

Geller LN and Rauch SD (1994) DNA testing to identify rapists in the former Yugoslavia. JAMA 271:745.

Billings PB, Barash C, Geller LN and Alper JS (1993) The context of hemochromatosis screening. New Engl. J. Med. 329:2037.

Geller LN (1993) Evaluating ethics courses for science trainees. In: Educating for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

Geller LN, Ahn AH, Beckwith J and Barash C (1993) Insurance commissioners and genetic discrimination. Am. J. Hum. Genet. 52:1018.

Potter H and Geller LN (1992) Maternal age, somatic mosaicism, and Alzheimer's disease--Reply. Am. J. Human Gen. 50(6):1343.

Potter H., Geller LN and Dressler D (1992) Is Alzheimer's disease a late-onset, mosaic form of Down syndrome? Implications for diagnosis and therapy. In: Kurstak E, ed. Genes in Medical Diagnosis and Therapy. New York and Basel: Marcel Dekker, Inc.

Geller L, Natowicz M and Summers N, eds. (1991) Genes and Human Behavior: A New Era? Selected Readings.