Gabriel Lázaro-Muñoz, PhD, JD, is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health and Social Medicine in the Center for Bioethics and the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Lázaro-Muñoz combines his background in neuroscience, law, and bioethics to examine the implications of emerging biomedical technologies in neuroscience and genomics. He is principal investigator of studies funded by the BRAIN Initiative-National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Human Genome Research Institute (R01MH114854, RF1MH121371, R01HG011711, R01MH128676).
Dr. Lázaro-Muñoz’s current studies examine ethical and social implications of the integration of psychiatric genomics into clinical care, polygenic embryo screening, the development of neurotechnologies such as adaptive deep brain stimulation systems, and the use of deep brain stimulation in children. He is a member of the Genomics & Society Working Group of the National Human Genome Research Institute, and the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics (ISPG) Ethics, Position, and Policy Committee. Dr. Lázaro-Muñoz is developing the Latin American Bioethics Consortium (LABC) to strengthen bioethics infrastructure across Latin America, and is a co-founder of the Harvard Neurethics Hub. Dr. Lázaro-Muñoz is also adjunct professor at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, and Baylor College of Medicine. He has been quoted in the LA Times, Scientific American, STAT News, National Public Radio, and MIT Technology Review, among other media outlets. Dr. Lázaro-Muñoz received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from New York University; his J.D. and Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania; and his BA in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico.