Janis Geary, PHD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow



Janis Geary, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, and the University of Alberta. She is a science policy and health researcher with degrees in Microbiology and Public Health. Janis’s work has focused on the governance of shared resources to support research. She has spent over a decade working in partnership with First Nations and Inuvialuit in northern Canada to address community health concerns, helping develop tools for navigating around institutional rules and scientific norms that challenge Indigenous data sovereignty. Her 2017 thesis was a commons-theory grounded empirical examination of biological resource governance in the International Barcode of Life Project. For the Sulston Project, Janis is working on describing the hereditary cancer testing landscape, supporting efforts to ensure the hereditary cancer genomic variant commons does not exclude Indigenous participants and working to advance theoretical frameworks to support empirical examinations of genomic knowledge commons in general.

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