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Leslie E. Wolf

Professor of Law & Distinguished University Professor    

A.B., Stanford University, 1988
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1991
M.P.H. Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 1997


Leslie E. Wolf is a professor of law, with appointments in the College of Law and the School of Public Health, and the director for the Center for Law, Health & Society. She conducts research in a variety of areas in health and public health law and ethics, with a particular focus on research ethics.

Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Cancer Institute, the National Human Genome Research Institute, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Greenwall Foundation. This work includes empirical research on conflicts of interest, research with stored biological materials, Certificates of Confidentiality, IRB web guidance, and HIV-related laws and policies.

Wolf is a member of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections, which provides expert advice and recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Secretary on issues pertaining to the protection of human subjects in research. She also serves as an educational liaison to the Georgia State Human Research Protection Program.

Prior to joining the law school, Wolf taught medical ethics and research ethics at the University of California, San Francisco, where she also served on the UCSF institutional review board and advisory committee regarding stem cell research. She also previously was selected as a Greenwall Fellow in Bioethics and Health Policy and as a Greenwall Faculty Scholar.

Since joining Georgia State, she has served on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Ethics Subcommittee to the Advisory Committee to the Director (2008-2012), as a peer reviewer for the Department of Defense, and has been an invited presenter to various government agencies.

Wolf has taught courses on medical liability, human subjects research, public health law, HIV/AIDS and the law, and bioethics.

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