Photo of Jennifer Wagner

Jennifer Wagner

Assistant Professor


  • School of Engineering Design and Innovation
  • Law, Policy, and Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences
  • Institute for Computational and Data Sciences
  • Penn State Law

205 Engineering Design and Innovation Building


Research Website





Book Reviews

Journal Articles

  • Cason D Schmit, Megan J. Doerr and Jennifer K Wagner, 2023, "Leveraging IP for AI Governance", Science, 379, (6633), pp. 646-648
  • Jennifer Wagner, Joon-Ho Yu, Duana Fullwiley, CeCe Moore, James F. Wilson, Michael J. Bamshad and Charmaine D. Royal, 2023, "Guidelines for Genetic Ancestry Inference Created Through Roundtable Discussions", Human Genetics and Genomics Advances
  • Emma Kowal, Laura S. Weyrich, Arguelles Juan Manuel, Alyssa C. Bader, Chip Colwell, Amanda Daniela Cortez, Jenny L. Davis, Gonzalo Figueiro, Keolu Fox, Ripan S. Malhi, Elizabeth Matisoo-Smith, Ayushi Nayak, Elizabeth A. Nelson, George Nicholas, Maria A. Nieves-Colon, Lynnette Russell, Sean Ulm, Francisco Vergara-Silva, Fernando A. Villanea, Jennifer Wagner, Joseph M. Yracheta and Krystal S. Tsosie, 2023, "Community partnerships are fundamental to ethical ancient DNA research", Human Genetics and Genomics Advances
  • Jennifer K. Wagner, Juhi K. Taniru, Courtney A. Chane and Michelle N. Meyer, 2022, "Exploring Access to Genomic Risk Information and the Contours of the HIPAA Public Health Exception", Journal of Law and the Biosciences, 9, (2)
  • Kasia Tolwinski, Diana Madden and Jennifer K. Wagner, 2022, "A genetic imaginary for social justice: The rhetoric of genomic medicine as exceptional, ordinary, and ethical obligation", SSM Qualitative Research in Health, 2
  • Raquel E. Fleskes, Alyssa C. Bader, Krystal S. Tsosie, Jennifer Wagner, Katrina C. Claw and Nanibaa' A. Garrison, 2022, "Ethical Guidance in Human Paleogenomics: New and Ongoing Perspectives", Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics, 23, pp. 627-652
  • S H Katsanis, P Claes, M Doerr, R Cook-Deegan, J D Tenenbaum, B J Evans, M K Lee, J Anderton, S M Weinberg and Jennifer Wagner, 2021, "U.S. Adult Perspectives on Facial Images, DNA, and Other Biometrics", IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society
  • S H Katsanis, P Claes, M Doerr, R Cook-Deegan, J D Tenenbaum, B J Evans, M K Lee, J Anderton, S M Weinberg and Jennifer Wagner, 2021, "A survey of U.S. public perspectives on facial recognition technology and facial imaging data practices in health and research contexts", PLOS One, 16, (10), pp. e0257923
  • Jennifer Wagner, J-H Yu, J X Chong, C D Royal and M J Bamshad, 2021, "Centering Equity in Human Genetics and Genomics Advances", Human Genetics and Genomics Advances, 2, (4), pp. 10048
  • D Madden, B Baker, Jennifer Wagner and S H Katsanis, 2021, "Framing the utility and pitfalls of relationship and identity DNA testing across United States immigration contexts", Human Genetics and Genomics Advances
  • Jennifer K. Wagner and Michelle N. Meyer, 2021, "Genomic Medicine and the ‘Loss of Chance’ Medical Malpractice Doctrine", Human Genetics and Genomics Advances, 2, (3), pp. 100032, 9
  • Elizabeth Barnert, Sara H. Katsanis, Ranit Mishori, Jennifer Wagner, R F Selden, D Madden, H Erlich, K Hampton, A Kleiser, A La Vaccara, T J Parsons, F A Peccerelli, M Herrera Piñero, M J Stebbins, P Vásquez, C Warf, T J White, E Stover and M Veronica Svetaz, 2021, "Using DNA to reunify separated migrant families", Science, 372, (6547), pp. 1154-1156
  • A DiNucci, N B Henrikson, M C Jonas, S Basra, P Blasi, J Brown, E D Esplin, D Hassen, J Hao, Y Hu, T Klinger, I Ladd, K Leppig, M Lewis, M Meyer, S Ney, A Ramaprasan, K Romagnoli, Z Salvati, A Scrol, R Schwiter, L Sheridan, B Somasundaram, P Suwannarat, Jennifer Wagner and A K Rahm, 2021, "Feasibility and Assessment of a Cascade Traceback Screening Program (FACTS): Protocol for a Multisite Study to Implement and Assess an Ovarian Cancer Traceback Cascade Testing Program.", Journal of personalized medicine, 11, (6)
  • C K Rubanovich, R Taitingfong, C Triplett, O Libiger, N J Schork, Jennifer Wagner and C S Bloss, 2021, "Impacts of personal DNA ancestry testing.", Journal of community genetics, 12, (1), pp. 37-52
  • N B Henrikson, Jennifer Wagner, H Hampel, C DeVore, N Shridhar, J L Williams, K E Donohue, I Kullo and Prince AER, 2020, "What guidance does HIPAA offer to providers considering familial risk notification and cascade genetic testing?", Journal of law and the biosciences, 7, (1), pp. lsaa071
  • W S McDonald, Jennifer Wagner, P A Deverka, L A Woods, J F Peterson and M S Williams, 2020, "Genetic testing and employer-sponsored wellness programs: An overview of current vendors, products, and practices.", Molecular genetics & genomic medicine, 8, (10), pp. e1414
  • Jennifer Wagner, C Colwell, K G Claw, A C Stone, D A Bolnick, J Hawks, K B Brothers and N A Garrison, 2020, "Fostering Responsible Research on Ancient DNA.", American journal of human genetics, 107, (2), pp. 183-195
  • M Doerr and Jennifer Wagner, 2020, "Research ethics in a pandemic: considerations for the use of research infrastructure and resources for public health activities.", Journal of law and the biosciences, 7, (1), pp. lsaa028
  • J M Savatt, Jennifer Wagner, S Joffe, A K Rahm, M S Williams, A R Bradbury, F D Davis, J Hergenrather, Y Hu, M A Kelly, H L Kirchner, M N Meyer, J Mozersky, S M O'Dell, J Pervola, A Seeley, A C Sturm and A H Buchanan, 2020, "Pediatric reporting of genomic results study (PROGRESS): a mixed-methods, longitudinal, observational cohort study protocol to explore disclosure of actionable adult- and pediatric-onset genomic variants to minors and their parents.", BMC pediatrics, 20, (1), pp. 222
  • Jennifer Wagner, 2020, "Health, housing, and 'direct threats' during a pandemic.", Journal of law and the biosciences, 7, (1), pp. lsaa022
  • Jennifer Wagner, 2020, "The Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Protections for Mobile Health Apps.", The Journal of law, medicine & ethics : a journal of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 48, (1_suppl), pp. 103-114
  • C J Guerrini, Jennifer Wagner, S C Nelson, G H Javitt and A L McGuire, 2020, "Who's on third? Regulation of third-party genetic interpretation services.", Genetics in medicine : official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics, 22, (1), pp. 4-11
  • Jennifer Wagner, D Madden, V Oray and S H Katsanis, 2019, "Conversations Surrounding the Use of DNA Tests in the Family Reunification of Migrants Separated at the United States-Mexico Border in 2018.", Frontiers in genetics, 10, pp. 1232
  • Jennifer Wagner, 2019, "Ethical and Legal Considerations for the Inclusion of Underserved and Underrepresented Immigrant Populations in Precision Health and Genomic Research in the United States.", Ethnicity & disease, 29, (Suppl 3), pp. 641-650
  • K Tolwinski, A Nemoianu, A Bucaloiu, J Venditto, F D Davis and Jennifer Wagner, 2019, ""I Don't Want to Go on Living This Way": Desire for Hastened Death and the Ethics of Involuntary Hospitalization.", The American journal of bioethics : AJOB, 19, (10), pp. 88-90
  • D Sero, A Zaidi, J Li, J D White, Zarzar TBG, M L Marazita, S M Weinberg, P Suetens, D Vandermeulen, Jennifer Wagner, Mark Shriver and P Claes, 2019, "Facial recognition from DNA using face-to-DNA classifiers.", Nature communications, 10, (1), pp. 2557
  • Jennifer Wagner, 2019, "Disparate impacts and GINA: Congress's unfinished business.", Journal of law and the biosciences, 5, (3), pp. 527-549
  • Y Bombard, K B Brothers, S Fitzgerald-Butt, N A Garrison, L Jamal, C A James, G P Jarvik, J B McCormick, T N Nelson, K E Ormond, H L Rehm, J Richer, E Souzeau, J L Vassy, Jennifer Wagner and H P Levy, 2019, "The Responsibility to Recontact Research Participants after Reinterpretation of Genetic and Genomic Research Results.", American journal of human genetics, 104, (4), pp. 578-595
  • M Doerr, S Grayson, C Suver, J Wilbanks and Jennifer Wagner, 2019, "Implementing a universal informed consent process for the All of Us Research Program", Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing, 24, pp. 427-438
  • S H Katsanis, E Huang, A Young, V Grant, E Warner, S Larson and Jennifer Wagner, 2019, "Caring for trafficked and unidentified patients in the EHR shadows: Shining a light by sharing the data.", PloS one, 14, (3), pp. e0213766
  • E A Wright, Jennifer Wagner, Mark Shriver, J R Fernandez and Nina G Jablonski, 2019, "Practical and Ethical Considerations of Using Personal DNA Tests with Middle-School-Aged Learners.", American journal of human genetics, 104, (2), pp. 197-202
  • S C Nelson, J H Yu, Jennifer Wagner, T M Harrell, C D Royal and M J Bamshad, 2018, "A content analysis of the views of genetics professionals on race, ancestry, and genetics.", AJOB empirical bioethics, 9, (4), pp. 222-234
  • M S Williams, A H Buchanan, F D Davis, W A Faucett, Hallquist MLG, J B Leader, C L Martin, C Z McCormick, M N Meyer, M F Murray, A K Rahm, Schwartz MLB, A C Sturm, Jennifer Wagner, J L Williams, H F Willard and D H Ledbetter, 2018, "Patient-Centered Precision Health In A Learning Health Care System: Geisinger's Genomic Medicine Experience.", Health affairs (Project Hope), 37, (5), pp. 757-764
  • A H Buchanan, K Manickam, M N Meyer, Jennifer Wagner, Hallquist MLG, J L Williams, A K Rahm, M S Williams, Z E Chen, C K Shah, T K Garg, A L Lazzeri, Schwartz MLB, D M Lindbuchler, A L Fan, R Leeming, P O Servano, 3rd, A L Smith, V G Vogel, N S Abul-Husn, F E Dewey, M S Lebo, H M Mason-Suares, M D Ritchie, F D Davis, D J Carey, D T Feinberg, W A Faucett, D H Ledbetter and M F Murray, 2018, "Early cancer diagnoses through BRCA1/2 screening of unselected adult biobank participants.", Genetics in medicine : official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics, 20, (5), pp. 554-558
  • T R Turner, Jennifer Wagner and G S Cabana, 2018, "Ethics in biological anthropology.", American journal of physical anthropology, 165, (4), pp. 939-951
  • H M Rocha, J M Savatt, E R Riggs, Jennifer Wagner, W A Faucett and C L Martin, 2018, "Incorporating Social Media into your Support Tool Box: Points to Consider from Genetics-Based Communities.", Journal of genetic counseling, 27, (2), pp. 470-480
  • D Nicol, L Eckstein, M Morrison, J S Sherkow, M Otlowski, T Whitton, T Bubela, K P Burdon, D Chalmers, S Chan, J Charlesworth, C Critchley, M Crossley, S de Lacey, J L Dickinson, A W Hewitt, J Kamens, K Kato, E Kleiderman, S Kodama, J Liddicoat, D A Mackey, A J Newson, J Nielsen, Jennifer Wagner and R E McWhirter, 2017, "Key challenges in bringing CRISPR-mediated somatic cell therapy into the clinic.", Genome medicine, 9, (1), pp. 85
  • J O Ifekwunigwe, Jennifer Wagner, J H Yu, T M Harrell, M J Bamshad and C D Royal, 2017, "A Qualitative Analysis of How Anthropologists Interpret the Race Construct.", American anthropologist, 119, (3), pp. 422-434
  • E Huang and Jennifer Wagner, 2017, "The Indefinite "Stay" on Regulatory Reforms for Research With Prisoners.", The American journal of bioethics : AJOB, 17, (7), pp. 55-57
  • Jennifer Wagner, C Peltz-Rauchman, A K Rahm and C C Johnson, 2017, "Precision engagement: the PMI's success will depend on more than genomes and big data.", Genetics in medicine : official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics, 19, (6), pp. 620-624
  • Jennifer Wagner, J H Yu, J O Ifekwunigwe, T M Harrell, M J Bamshad and C D Royal, 2017, "Anthropologists' views on race, ancestry, and genetics.", American journal of physical anthropology, 162, (2), pp. 318-327
  • E Huang, J Cauley and Jennifer Wagner, 2017, "Barred from better medicine? Reexamining regulatory barriers to the inclusion of prisoners in research.", Journal of law and the biosciences, 4, (1), pp. 159-174
  • S H Katsanis, M Felini, J Kim, M Minear, S Chandrasekharan and Jennifer Wagner, 2017, "Perspectives of women in prostitution diversion program on DNA collection for a high-risk DNA database", International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences, 12, (1), pp. 111-128
  • D Nicol, T Bubela, D Chalmers, J Charbonneau, C Critchley, J Dickinson, J Fleming, A Hewitt, J Kaye, J Liddicoat, R McWhirter, M Otlowski, N Ries, L Skene, C Stewart, Jennifer Wagner and N Zeps, 2016, "Precision Medicine: Drowning in Regulatory Soup", Journal of Law and the Biosciences, 3, (2), pp. 281-303
  • P Claes, D K Liberton, K Daniels, K M Rosana, E E Quillen, Laurel Pearson, B McEvoy, M Bauchet, A A Zaidi, W Yao, H Tang, G S Barsh, D M Absher, David Puts, J Rocha, S Beleza, R W Pereira, G Baynam, P Suetens, D Vandermeulen, Jennifer Wagner, J S Boster and Mark Shriver, 2014, "Modeling 3D facial shape from DNA.", PLoS genetics, 10, (3), pp. e1004224
  • Jennifer Wagner, J T Mozersky and R E Pyeritz, 2014, ""Use it or lose it" as an alternative approach to protect genetic privacy in personalized medicine.", Urologic oncology, 32, (2), pp. 198-201
  • S H Katsanis, J Kim, M A Minear, S Chandrasekharan and Jennifer Wagner, 2014, "Preliminary perspectives on DNA collection in anti-human trafficking efforts.", Recent advances in DNA & gene sequences, 8, (2), pp. 78-90
  • Jennifer Wagner, 2013, "Playing with heart and soul…and genomes: sports implications and applications of personal genomics.", PeerJ, 1, pp. e120
  • L A Daley, Jennifer Wagner, T L Himmel, K A McPartland, S H Katsanis, Mark Shriver and C D Royal, 2013, "Personal DNA testing in college classrooms: perspectives of students and professors.", Genetic testing and molecular biomarkers, 17, (6), pp. 446-52
  • S H Katsanis and Jennifer Wagner, 2013, "Characterization of the standard and recommended CODIS markers.", Journal of forensic sciences, 58 Suppl 1, pp. S169-72
  • Jennifer Wagner, 2013, "Out with the "junk DNA" phrase.", Journal of forensic sciences, 58, (1), pp. 292-4
  • Jennifer Wagner and C D Royal, 2012, "Field of genes: an investigation of sports-related genetic testing.", Journal of personalized medicine, 2, (3), pp. 119-37
  • Jennifer Wagner, J D Cooper, R Sterling and C D Royal, 2012, "Tilting at windmills no longer: a data-driven discussion of DTC DNA ancestry tests.", Genetics in medicine : official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics, 14, (6), pp. 586-93
  • Jennifer Wagner and K M Weiss, 2012, "Attitudes on DNA ancestry tests.", Human genetics, 131, (1), pp. 41-56
  • Jennifer Wagner, 2010, "Understanding FDA regulation of DTC genetic tests within the context of administrative law.", American journal of human genetics, 87, (4), pp. 451-6
  • Jennifer Wagner, 2010, "Interpreting the implications of DNA ancestry tests.", Perspectives in biology and medicine, 53, (2), pp. 231-48
  • C L Pfaff, J Barnholtz-Sloan, Jennifer Wagner and J C Long, 2004, "Information on ancestry from genetic markers.", Genetic epidemiology, 26, (4), pp. 305-15
  • Jennifer Wagner, C Jovel, H L Norton, E J Parra and Mark Shriver, 2002, "Comparing quantitative measures of erythema, pigmentation and skin response using reflectometry.", Pigment cell research, 15, (5), pp. 379-84
  • Jennifer Wagner, E J Parra, H Norton, C Jovel and Mark Shriver, 2002, "Skin responses to ultraviolet radiation: effects of constitutive pigmentation, sex, and ancestry.", Pigment cell research, 15, (5), pp. 385-90

Conference Proceedings

  • Jennifer Wagner, 2023, "Algorithmic Fairness in the Roberts Court Era", Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing, 28, pp. 519-530


  • Jennifer Wagner, 2020, "Concerning data sharing in biological anthropology.", American journal of physical anthropology, 172, (3), pp. 341-343
  • Jennifer Wagner, 2012, "Cockamamie state laws threaten the genetic rights movement", Nature Medicine, 18, pp. 485
  • Jennifer Wagner and M Shriver, 2007, "Misinformation, Social Construction, and Genomic Ancestry Testing.", Science

Research Projects

  • September 2023 - August 2025, "Bioethical, Legal, and Anthropological Study of Technologies (BLAST)," (Sponsor: National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering).
  • September 2023 - August 2024, "Current and future physicians’ knowledge, attitudes, and perspectives on the adoption of AI in Clinical Workflow," (Sponsor: Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)).
  • July 2023 - June 2024, "Understanding Gaps and Opportunities in Neuroscience and Neurotechnology," (Sponsor: Rock Ethics Institute Seed Funding).
  • September 2022 - May 2024, "PREMIERE: A PREdictive Model Index and Exchange REpository," (Sponsor: University of California at Los Angeles).
  • July 2022 - June 2023, "Mapping the Ethics of Synthetic Data," (Sponsor: Rock Ethics Institute Seed Funding).
  • September 2021 - November 2023, "Consumer Protections for Genomics and Precision Health," (Sponsor: National Human Genome Research Institute).
  • August 2020 - July 2021, "The Genetic Architecture of Human Facial Morphology," (Sponsor: National Institutes of Health Office of the Director (OD) and National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)).
  • January 2012 - February 2019, "Multidisciplinary Study of Race, Appearance, Ancestry, Discrimination & Prejudice," (Sponsor: National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)).

Honors and Awards


Service to Penn State:

Service to External Organizations:

  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Committee Member, AAAS Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility, American Association for the Advancement of Science, February 2022 - June 2023
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Committee Member, HGGA Equity Work Group, Human Genetics and Genomics Advances, 2020
  • Service to Public and Private Organizations, Advisor, Scientific Advisory Board, Sage Bionetworks, 2019 - 2022
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Committee Member, Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Committee, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2018



The Law, Policy, and Engineering (LPE) initiative is an interdisciplinary academic and research initiative between Penn State's College of Engineering, Penn State Law, and Penn State's School of International Affairs. The initiative will provide a transformative educational experience for students by actively integrating components of all three disciplines into the curriculum to prepare students for the competitive, interdisciplinary, global workplaces of the future. 

Law, Policy, and Engineering Initiative

The Pennsylvania State University

Engineering Design and Innovation Building

University Park, PA 16802