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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 (eg social media research and artificial intelligence (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 (eg forensic DNA phenotyping and DNA genealogy databases), the UK's 100,000 genomes project, and direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing.

She has also published in the fields of neurotechnologies (in particular functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and deep brain stimulation), umbilical cord blood banking and synthetic biology

Gabrielle is a REC member; deputy-chair of the Biotechnology & Society research group; co-chair of the researcher and teaching follow rep committee (who sits on the faculty research committee); and co-organiser the department seminars. She is an 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
  • Policy
  • Qualitative research
  • Genomics
  • Social media research ethics
  • AI research ethics

Gabrielle currently has two posts. First, as part of the VISAGE project, 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 explores the appropriateness of higher education institution ethics frameworks for health research, using AI. 

Further details

See Gabrielle's research profile