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R. Alta Charo

R. Alta Charo

Expert on regulation and ethics of scientific and medical innovation, including genetics, synthetic biology, stem cell biology and reproductive technologies

Emerita professor, law and bioethics Law School Work: 608-262-5015 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • Bioethics, including doctor-patient relationship, genetic screening, organ donation, euthanasia
  • Reproductive rights and reproductive technologies, including family planning, surrogacy, IVF, abortion, and genetic screening (preconception, preimplantation and prenatal)
  • Stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, funding and policy of stem cells (embryonic; iPS and adult), regulation of cell-based therapy
  • FDA and regulation of drugs, devices and biologics, drug safety/efficacy, personalized medicine, non-organ tissue transplantation, human cell therapy
  • Regulation of human subjects research, including domestic and transnational management of clinical trials


  • Elected member, National Academies Institute of Medicine
  • Member, President Clinton's National Bioethics Advisory Commission 1996-2001
  • Co-chair, National Academies Committee on Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research
  • Elected fellow, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters