Michele Caggana, Sc.D., received her doctoral degree from the Harvard School of Public Health in cancer, cell, and radiation biology and completed postdoctoral work in clinical molecular genetics at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. She is board certified in clinical molecular genetics by the American Board of Medical Genetics and a fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics. Dr. Caggana has been employed by the Wadsworth Center since 1996. She is Deputy Director of the Division of Genetics, Chief of the Laboratory of Human Genetics, and Director of the Newborn Screening Program. In addition, she serves as the Section Head for genetic testing at the Wadsworth Center. In this capacity she conducts regulatory reviews for technical and clinical validity of all genetic test methods conducted by laboratories performing testing on specimens taken in New York State. Dr. Caggana’s laboratory uses molecular genetics techniques to study frequencies of specific gene mutations in dried blood spots received as specimens for newborn screening. Her laboratory also performs DNA analysis in the context of newborn screening and works on new molecular technologies. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the School of Public Health at the State University of New York at Albany. Dr. Caggana also serves on the institutional review board at the Department of Health and the Clinical and Molecular Devices Panel at the Food and Drug Administration.
Ellen Wright Clayton, M.D., J.D., received a bachelor’s degree from Duke, a master’s degree from Stanford, her law degree from Yale, and her medical degree from Harvard. A member of the Vanderbilt faculty since 1988, she is currently the Rosalind E. Franklin Professor of Genetics and Health Policy and co-Director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is also Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Law. At Vanderbilt, she directs the law emphasis program and teaches the Patient, Profession, and Society course in the medical school and teaches the interdisciplinary course in Bioethics and Law in four schools of the University.
Dr. Clayton has focused primarily on issues surrounding the ethical, legal, and social implications of advances in genetics and genomics as both a scholar and a policy maker. She has served on Tennessee’s Genetics Advisory Council since the early 1990s, has participated in numerous policy and academic groups that have considered newborn screening, and is currently conducting research on the impact of false positive results in newborn screening. She has been very involved with the Human Genome Project in the United States, serving as a member of the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research and more recently as co-Chair of the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications Working Group of the International Haplotype Mapping Project. She has also been very involved in ethical