Charlisse Caga-anan, J.D.
Program Director, Genomic Epidemiology Branch, Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program

Contact Information

Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
9609 Medical Center Drive, Rm. 4E234, MSC 9763
Bethesda, MD 20892
(For express delivery, use Rockville, MD 20850)

Interest Areas

  • Ethics of genomics and genetics research
  • Health law and bioethics


  • J.D.
    University of Minnesota Law School
  • M.A. - Bioethics
    Case Western Reserve University
  • B.A. - English
    University of Washington


Ms. Charlisse Caga-anan is a Program Director in the Genomic Epidemiology Branch (GEB)—formerly the Host Susceptibility Factors Branch (HSFB)—of the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) in NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). In this capacity, she works to implement the NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy and grow NCI's portfolio of bioethics research grants. She currently serves as the Genomic Program Administrator for NCI's extramural program, and is the Chair of the extramural NCI Data Access Committee (eNCI DAC). She co-organizes the NCI Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Cancer Research (ENRICH) Forum.

Prior to joining EGRP, Ms. Caga-anan was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law, an NIH-funded Center for Excellence in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) Research. In this capacity, she conducted research pertaining to ELSI issues in genetics/genomics research. Ms. Caga-anan also completed the Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics, during which she trained in clinical ethics consultation and examined ethical and legal issues in pediatrics, clinical genetics, genetics/genomics research, and human subjects research in general.


Caga-anan EC, Smith L, Sharp RR, Lantos JD. Testing children for adult-onset genetic diseases. Pediatrics. 2012 Jan;129(1):163-7.

Caga-anan EC, Thomas AJ. Requests for "non-therapeutic" interventions in children. In: Diekema DS, Mercurio M, Adam MB, eds. Clinical Ethics in Pediatrics: A Case-Based Textbook. New York: Cambridge University Press 2011:43.

Wolf SM, Paradise J, Caga-anan C. The law of incidental findings in human subjects research: establishing researchers' duties. J Law Med Ethics. 2008 Summer;36(2):361-83, 214.

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