A photo of Michelle McGowan.

Member, Division of General and Community Pediatrics

Member, Ethics Center

Associate Professor, UC Department of PediatricsAssociate Professor, UC Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


My Biography & Research

Research Interests

Ethical, legal, and social implications of genetics and genomics; ethical and social implications of reproductive technologies

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of PediatricsAssociate Professor, UC Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


General and Community Pediatrics, General and Community Pediatrics, Esophageal Center

My Education

BA: Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, 2000.

PhD: University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2007.

Fellowship: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 2009.

My Publications

McGowan ML, Settersten RA, Jr., Juengst ET, Fishman JR. Integrating genomics into clinical oncology: ethical and social challenges from proponents of personalized medicine. Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations. 2014;32, 187-192.

Juengst ET, Fishman JR, McGowan ML, Settersten RA, Jr. Serving epigenetics before its time. Trends in Genetics. 2014;30(10): 427-429.

Choudhury S, Fishman JR, McGowan ML, Juengst ET. Big data, open science, and the brain: lessons learned from genomics. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 2014;8, 239.

Cho D, McGowan ML, Metcalfe J, Sharp RR. Expanded carrier screening in reproductive healthcare: perspectives from specialists in medical genetics. Human Reproduction. 2013;28(6), 1725-1730.

McGowan ML, Glinka A, Highland J, Asaad G, Sharp RR. Genetics patients’ perspectives on clinical genomic testing. Personalized Medicine. 2013;10(4), 339-347.

Juengst ET, Settersten RA, Jr., Fishman JR, McGowan ML. After the revolution: ethical and social challenges in personalized genomic medicine. Personalized Medicine. 2012;9(4), 429-439.

Sharp RR, McGowan ML, Verma JA, Landy DC, McAdoo S, Carson SA, Simpson JL, McCullough LB. Moral attitudes and beliefs among couples pursuing PGD for sex selection. Reproductive Biomedicine Online. 2010;21, 838-847.

McGowan ML, Fishman JR, Lambrix MA. Personal genomics and individual identities: Motivations and moral imperatives of early users. New Genetics and Society. 2010;29(3), 261-290.

Kenney NJ, McGowan ML. Looking back: Egg donors’ retrospective evaluations of their motivations, expectations and experiences during their first donation cycle. Fertility and Sterility. 2010;93(2), 455-466.

McGowan ML, Burant C, Moran R, Farrell RM. Patient education and informed consent for preimplantation genetic diagnosis: health literacy for genetics and assisted reproductive technology. Genetics in Medicine. 2009;11(9), 640-645.