Aaron Goldenberg, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Bioethics
Director of Research
Department of Bioethics
School of Medicine
Co-Director
Center For Genetic Research Ethics And Law
School of Medicine
Co-Director, MS in Genetic Counseling and MA in Bioethics Program
Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences
Associate Professor
Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences
School of Medicine

Aaron Goldenberg, PhD, MA, MPH is an Associate Professor and Research Director in the Department of Bioethics & Medical Humanities at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Goldenberg is also the Co-Director of the Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law, a NIH Center of Excellence in ELSI Research and Co-Director of the Genetic Counseling & Bioethics dual degree program.

Dr. Goldenberg received his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University; his MPH from University of Michigan and earned his PhD in Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University. Since joining the faculty at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Goldenberg's work focuses on the ethical, legal, and social implications of advances in genomics within clinical and public health settings. His research program has been grounded by a number of major project areas, including: 1) ethical implications of expanding newborn screening programs; 2) storage and use of perinatal and pediatric biological specimens for future research; and 3) the implications of genomics for communities experiencing health disparities. He is currently the Co-PI of a new project assessing the ELSI challenges of networked biorepositories aimed at promoting precision medicine.

In addition to these scholarly initiatives, Dr. Goldenberg is Director for Ethics, Policy and Practice for the National Newborn Screening Clearinghouse, also known as Baby's First Test. He is a member of the Ethics and Legal Workgroup for the Newborn Screening Translational Research Network and the Legal and Legislative Workgroup for the American Public Health Laboratory Association. And, is a member of NIH's IRB for the All of Us Research Program.

Dr. Goldenberg has been an active member of the genetic counseling program. He lectures on research ethics, public health genetics and co-teaches BETH 412 Ethical Issues in Genetics & Genomics. Dr. Goldenberg also sits on a number of the GC student research committees and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Genetic Counseling Program.

Aaron Goldenberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). He is also Assistant Director of the Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law. Aaron received his BS in Science and Technology Studies from the Lyman Briggs Program at Michigan State University. He also has an MA in Bioethics from Case Western Reserve and an MPH in Health Education and Public Health Genetics from the University of Michigan. Dr. Goldenberg received his PhD in Bioethics from Case Western Reserve in 2009. Before beginning his PhD training, Aaron was the Center Manager for the University of Michigan’s Center for Genomics and Public Health, and spent a summer as a fellow at the National Institutes of Health, working with the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetic Testing.

Research Information

Research Projects

Dr. Goldenberg’s work focuses on the ethical and social issues surrounding advances in public health genomics, biobanking, health disparities, and the intersection between bioethics and public health ethics. His dissertation focused on the ethical issues surrounding the use of Michigan's residual newborn screening bloodspots for research purposes. Recently, he has been working on a number of projects related to the use of biobanked pediatric samples for genetic research, the use of stored tissues from recently deceased individuals for gene-tissue expression studies (GTEX), and public attitudes towards the use of genetic research to address health disparities.

External Appointments

Leader, Ethics Core
Institute for Computational Biology

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