The University of Houston Law Center Faculty

Barbara  Evans

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Barbara Evans

Alumnae College Professor of Law
Director, Center on Biotechnology & Law

Affiliated Faculty, Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources
Affiliated Member, Baylor College of Medicine Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy


B.S.E.E., The University of Texas at Austin (with Honors)
M.S., Ph.D., Stanford University
J.D., Yale Law School
LL.M., The University of Houston Law Center

Professor Evans joined the University of Houston Law Center in 2007. She is George Butler Research Professor and Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Law at UHLC and is an affiliated member of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine. She was named a Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholar in Bioethics for the period 2010-2014 and conducts an active research agenda including projects funded by the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration. Her research interests include governance, privacy, and financing issues with large health information networks and tissue repositories; regulatory and judicial uses of evidence from large-scale observational studies; and legal barriers to clinical translation of pharmacogenomics. Earlier in her career, she was a partner in the international regulatory practice of a large New York law firm and subsequently advised clients on U.S. privacy, research, and medical device regulatory matters. Prior to joining the University of Houston Law Center, she was a Research Professor of Medicine and Director of the Program in Pharmacogenomics, Ethics, and Public Policy at the Indiana University School of Medicine/Center for Bioethics. She holds an electrical engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin; M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University; a J.D. from Yale Law School; and she completed a post-doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Ethics at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Biotechnology and the Law
Genetics and the Law
Health Law Survey: Access, Regulation, and Enterprise
Healthcare Finance, Organization, and Quality
Healthcare Institutions and Patient Safety: A Survey of Texas and Federal Law