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Sara Huston Katsanis

Instructor in the Duke Initiative for Science & Society

Sara Huston Katsanis is faculty instructor in the Initiative for Science & Society at Duke University. Her policy research focuses on genetic testing applications in humanitarian efforts, medicine and law enforcement. She researches ethical and policy challenges in the applications of genomics to human identification in contexts, such as human trafficking, migration, and adoption fraud. Past research explored direct-­to-­consumer genetic testing, pharmacogenetics drug labeling, familial searching of CODIS, and surreptitious collection of DNA. Katsanis received a MS in Medical Genetics in 1997, then worked as a DNA Analyst at the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office, and then managed the Johns Hopkins DNA Diagnostic Laboratory. By 2006, Katsanis began genetics policy research working with the Genetics & Public Policy Center in Washington, DC. She joined Duke in 2009.


Jennifer Dungan

Associate Professor in the School of Nursing

Dr. Jennifer Dungan is a nurse scientist with expertise in cardiovascular genetics research. In 2001, she earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing with Honors from the University of Florida, where she also conducted undergraduate research to evaluate biofeedback interventions in hypertension. Dr. Dungan completed an accelerated Master’s-to-PhD program at the University of Florida. She was awarded her MSN in adult health nursing in 2002, trained at the NIH/NINR Summer Genetics Institute in 2003, and earned a PhD in Nursing Science with a minor in genetics in 2006. Dr. Dungan's dissertation research (Alpha 1A- and Beta 2-Adrenergic Receptor Gene Expression in Human Hypertension), a multi-disciplinary project funded by the American Heart Association and an NINR-sponsored NRSA, was the first to evaluate adrenergic receptor gene expression patterns in a human model of hypertension. Before leaving her alma mater, she was awarded the Excellence in Doctoral Research Award and was in the inaugural group of graduates to earn the Young Alumnus of the Year award.

Dr. Dungan completed a 2-year postdoctoral training fellowship with the Duke University Center for Aging and Human Development from 2006 to 2008, strengthening her expertise in the areas of aging, genomics, and cardiovascular disease. From 2007 to 2009, she was a Duke University John A. Hartford Jr. Faculty Fellow. In 2008, Dr. Dungan became a Senior Research Associate at the Duke School of Nursing. In 2009, she was awarded a prestigious K99 Pathway to Independence Award to study the genetics of aging and survivorship in coronary artery disease. She was recently awarded the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center Scholar Award for her research in this area.

Dr. Dungan is currently a member of the American Heart Association, the Gerontological Society of America, the American Society of Human Genetics, and the International Society for Nurses in Genetics. She has contributed her expertise in genetics toward inter- and trans-disciplinary service efforts such as the Duke Medical Center Genetic Testing Advisory Council and the Duke School of Nursing Genetic/Genomic Task Force. She has experience teaching in graduate-level courses and has developed a number of undergraduate- and graduate-level guest lectures on topics related to genetics and genomics in health and disease.


Catherine Lynch Gilliss

Helene Fuld Health Trust Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Nursing

Catherine Lynch Gilliss, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Helene Fuld Health Trust Professor of Nursing at the Duke University School of Nursing and holds the rank of Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine. Appointed as Dean of the Duke University School of Nursing in 2004, Dr. Gilliss was the first alumna in the history of the School to hold that position. She served for ten years as Dean of the School of Nursing and Vice Chancellor for Nursing Affairs at Duke University, stepping down in August 2014. She will be on leave for the 2014-2015 academic year, during which she will be a Fellow in the Stanford University Distinguished Careers Institute.

For over 40 years, Dr. Gilliss has held faculty appointments in universities offering in baccalaureate and higher degrees in nursing. For the last twenty years she has held significant and progressively more responsible administrative leadership positions in academic nursing, including Chair, UCSF’s Department of Family Health Nursing (1993-1998), Dean, Yale University School of Nursing (1998-2004) and Dean and Vice Chancellor at Duke (2004-2014). Her own engagement in academic leadership and the leadership and governance of professional societies (President, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties; President, American Academy of Nursing; Regent, University of Portland; Board Member, Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers [TROSA]) has strengthened her commitment to leadership development in others. Dr. Gilliss serves as a Director of CHIMERIX, a publically traded biopharmaceutical company devoted to discovery, development and commercialization of novel, oral antivirals in areas of high unmet medical need.

She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, a member of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, has been honored as Distinguished Alumna by UCSF and Duke Universities and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau. She has been awarded honorary degrees by Yale University (MHA) and the University of Portland (DHL).

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