Contact Info

Phone: 256-327-0517
Location: 601 Genome Way, Huntsville, AL 35806

Kimberly Strong, PhD

Genomics and Ethics

Kimberly Strong, PhD, is a faculty investigator at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and the director of the ethics and genomics program. Her expertise is in the application and limits of empirical bioethics, particularly in its value in informing the discourse surrounding contentious and emerging technologies. She examines and addresses ethical issues emerging from new situations and possibilities brought about by advances in genomics and how it relates to medical policy, practice, and research. Strong’s current research focuses on ethical issues related to the use of genomic sequencing and genetic technologies. Strong earned her PhD from the University of Sydney, Australia, genetic counseling qualifications from the University of Newcastle, Australia, and her BS in biology from the University of Minnesota in Duluth, Minn. Before coming to HudsonAlpha, Strong was an assistant professor of bioethics and medical humanities and the director of the Program in Genomics and Ethics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She previously served as health services manager at the Cancer Institute of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and as an academic researcher at the Center for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine at the University of Sydney.

  • Education

    2006-2010 PhD, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney, NSW Australia

    2002 Postgraduate Diploma in Genetic Counselling with distinction, University of Newcastle, NSW Australia

    1993 Senior Seminar: Human Tissue and Organ Transplantation

    1989-1993 Bachelor of Science in Biology, minor in Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Duluth

  • Academic and Administrative Appointments

    2015-present Faculty Investigator and Director, Ethics and Genomics Program, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, Huntsville, AL

    2012-2015 Assistant Professor and Director, Program in Genomics and Ethics, Institute for Health and Society – Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities (Primary Appointment), Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

    2012- 2015 Assistant Professor, Human and Molecular Genetics Center (Secondary Appointment), Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

    2011-2012  Evaluation and Planning Coordinator, Cancer Services and Information Division, Business Unit, Cancer Institute NSW, Sydney, NSW Australia

    2011 Ethics Coordinator (Secondment coverage), Research Division, Cancer Institute NSW

    2010-2012 Health Services Manager III, Cancer Institute NSW

    2010-2011 Hereditary Cancer Registry Coordinator, Cancer Services and Education Division, Cancer Institute NSW

    2010-present Affiliate of the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney, NSW Australia

    2007-2010 Lecturer, Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia

    2007-2010 Academic Researcher/Project Manager, Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney, Australia

    2005-2007 Research Officer/Hospital Scientist, University of New South Wales, Faculty of Medicine, Randwick, NSW, Australia, and Psychosocial Research Group, Department of Medical Oncology, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, NSW, Australia

    2004-2005 Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) Embryologist, Sydney IVF, Sydney, NSW, Australia

    2003-2007 Genetics Education Consultant (casual), Centre for Genetics Education, Royal North Shore Hospital, St. Leonards, NSW, Australia

    2003 Clinical Research Coordinator, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Darlinghurst, NSW, Australia

    2002-2003 Project Manager/Environmental Scanning Consultant, Business Development, National Marrow Donor Program, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    1999-2003 Supervisor, Advocacy Services, Office of Patient Advocacy,

    1998-2001 Surgical Procurement Specialist on call, American Red Cross Tissue Services, St. Paul, Minnesota

    1996-1999 Search Coordinator, Department of Transplant Services, National Marrow Donor Program, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Awards and Honors

    2007-2009 University of Sydney – Postgraduate Research Support Scheme Award

    2008 American Society of Hematology – Travel Award (Dec 2008)

    2008 Sydney Cancer Conference – Short-listed for best postgraduate poster prize

    2008 Human Genetics Society of Australasia NSW Branch ASM – Prize for Best Student Presentation

    2007 Australasian Society of Genetic Counsellors SIG, Travel Award

    2006 University of Sydney Health Research Conference – Best Presentation in Cancer Finalist

    1992 Dean’s List for Academic Excellence – University of Minnesota, Duluth

    1988 Columbia Heights Humanitarian of the Year

    1987 American Heart Association Humanitarian Award

Recent News

February 15, 2017
HudsonAlpha bioethicist Tom May, PhD sat down with local NPR station WLRH to discuss how adoptees face a disadvantage because of their lack of access to family health history. May and Kim Strong, PhD, published a target article o...
January 17, 2017
Adoptees face a disadvantage because of their lack of access to family health history, as two HudsonAlpha researchers, Tom May, PhD; and Kim Strong, PhD, have written in a target article published in The American Journal of Bioeth...
October 31, 2016
HudsonAlpha launched phase 2 of the Information is Power initiative October 29, which brings free cancer genetic risk testing to 30-year-old men and women in North Alabama. GenomeWeb spoke with Kimberly Strong, PhD, HudsonAlpha ...
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