Dr Gabrielle Samuel is a social scientist whose main interests relate to the ethical and social issues associated with innovative biotechnologies in the health and forensics arenas, as well as innovative research methodologies (social media research; AI research).
Her research, which draws mainly on qualitative research methods, has spanned a range of innovative biotechnologies, particularly in genomics. Her areas of interest include forensic genetic technologies (forensic DNA phenotyping; DNA genealogy databases), the UK's 100,000 genomes project, and DTC-genetic testing.
She has also published in the fields of neurotechnologies (in particular fMRI and deep brain stimulation), umbilical cord blood banking, and synthetic biology
Gabrielle is a REC member, Deputy Chair of the BIOS research group; Co-Chair of the researcher and teaching follow rep committee (who sits on the faculty research committee), and co-organises the department seminars. Gabrielle is Associate Editor for the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. She has acted as a peer reviewer for a range of journals and funding bodies.
She also teaches on both undergraduate and master's courses.
- Innovative biotechnologies (health and forensics)
- Ethical issues
- Qualitative research
- Social media research ethics
- AI research ethics
Gabrielle currently has two posts. First, as part of the VISAGE project, and working with Professor Barbara Prainsack, she is exploring the regulatory, ethical and social issues of forensic DNA phenotyping.
Second, she holds a Wellcome Trust seed grant, which is exploring the appropriateness of Higher Education Institution ethics frameworks for health research which uses AI.
See Gabrielle's research profile