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Research Associate, HeLEX

Naomi Hawkins

Naomi Hawkins obtained her LLB and her BSc (Biomedical Science) from the University of Queensland in 2002 before being admitted as a legal practitioner in Australia. Following a period of legal practice in Australia clerking for a Supreme Court Judge, and working in a large commercial law firm, she completed her BCL at the University of Oxford in 2005. She completed her doctorate in law at the University of Oxford, as a member of HeLEX in 2009, supported by the Wellcome Trust. From 2009 to 2010 she was a researcher in law at HeLEX, and continues to be a research associate of the Centre. She is currently a lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter.

Naomi Hawkins's research focuses on the interaction of law and biomedical science, particularly around intellectual property rights. She uses traditional legal research and empirical methods to investigate the impact of human gene patents on the development of translational outcomes of genetics and genomics research. She is also interested in the ways in which data sharing practices intersect with intellectual property rights in science.

Selected Publications

  • Curren Liam, Boddington Paula, Gowans Heather, Hawkins Naomi, Kanellopoulou Nadja, Kaye Jane, and Melham Karen (2010) Identifiability, genomics and U.K. data protection law. Eur J Health Law, 17(4):329-44.
  • Heeney C, Hawkins N, de V r, Boddington P, and Kaye J (2010) Assessing the Privacy Risks of Data Sharing in Genomics. Public Health Genomics.
  • Kaye Jane, Boddington Paula, de Vries Jantina, Hawkins Naomi, and Melham Karen (2010) Ethical implications of the use of whole genome methods in medical research. Eur J Hum Genet, 18(4):398-403.
  • Church George, Heeney Catherine, Hawkins Naomi, de Vries Jantina, Boddington Paula, Kaye Jane, Bobrow Martin, and Weir Bruce (2009) Public access to genome-wide data: five views on balancing research with privacy and protection PLoS Genet, 5(10):e1000665.
  • Hawkins N, de Vries J, Boddington P, Kaye J, and Heeney C (2009) Planning for translational research in genomics Genome Med, 1(9):87.