About The Speaker
Dr Andy Greenfield is a Programme Leader in the Mammalian Genetics Unit at the Medical Research Council’s Harwell Institute in the United Kingdom, an international research institution which uses mammalian models to study genetics and human diseases. His lab’s research focuses on the developmental genetics of sex determination, using mouse models to identify and study the genes responsible for disorders/differences of sex development in humans. He is also chair of the Harwell Institute’s ethical review board.
In addition to his research, he frequently performs public engagement activities on scientific and ethical topics and seeks to promote a wider debate about genetics and the use of genetic technologies in humans.
He is a member of the Nuffield Council of Bioethics, where he chaired a working group tasked to examine the ethical issues arising from developments in genome editing research. He was also an authority member of UK’s Human Fertilisation and Embryo Authority from 2009 to 2018, where he chaired scientific reviews on the safety and efficacy of mitochondrial donation techniques. He currently still serves as an external adviser on their Scientific and Clinical Advances Advisory Committee.