- Fellow in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Genetics and Genomics
- Harvard University, PhD
- Harvard University, M.Div
- University of Colorado, Boulder, BA
Cassie Houtz (she/her/hers) received her PhD in the study of religion from Harvard University, where she studied the intersections of philosophical, religious, and biomedical conceptions of what it means to live a "good life.” Her interests in disability bioethics, philosophy of medicine, and the “quality of life” have led her to the ELSI Postdoctoral Fellowship at Penn. As a postdoctoral fellow, she is working on two primary research areas: (1) the ethics of treating polygenic and monogenic “obesity” and (2) ethical dilemmas related to newborn genetic screening.