Misha Angrist, PhD

angrist1Dr. Angrist is Senior Fellow in Duke’s Initiative in Science & Society and Associate Professor of the Practice in the Duke Social Science Research Institute as well as a Visiting Associate Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy. He was formerly a board-eligible genetic counselor. His doctoral and postdoctoral work were on the genetic basis of human disease.


As a participant in the Personal Genome Project, Dr. Angrist had his entire genome sequenced twice and genotyped multiple times; he wrote a book about this experience (Here is a Human Being). As a participant in, close observer of and board member of the PGP, he has gained experience in receiving and communicating genomic data, dealing with variants of unknown significance and secondary genetic findings, developing novel approaches to informed consent, and grappling with issues of genomic privacy, return of results and data sharing.