Sarah Ali-Khan

Research Associate
Project Manager

New Chancellor Day Hall
3644 Peel Street, Room 515
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1W9

Phone: 514-926-9482
sarah.ali-khan [at] mcgill.ca (Email)


Full curriculum vitae [.pdf]

Sarah is a Research Associate and Project Manager in the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy (CIPP), working with Prof. Richard Gold as part of PACEOMICS (a stand-alone GE3LS project funded by Genome Canada through the 2012 Large-Scale Applied Research Competition in Genomics and Personalized Health/GE3LS (see: PACEOMICS.org).

Her research examines public policy and socio-ethical implications of intellectual property rights and knowledge management in Personalized Medicine innovation. This includes qualitative research examining the impacts of gene patenting on patient access, open science, knowledge dissemination and innovation in the Canadian public health care system, and beyond. She is also leading knowledge translation for the PACEOMICS project.

More broadly Sarah’s research interests are inter-disciplinary, including socio-ethical and legal issues raised in the context of global biomedical innovation particularly across gradients of power and privilege, and the intersection of public interest, science and culture.

Previously, Sarah was an Academic Associate at the Centre of Genomics and Policy, McGill University, and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health (now the Sandra Rotman Centre), University of Toronto. There she focused on GE3LS issues raised in clinical translation of whole genome analysis, in human genomic diversity and ethnicity research, and the ‘genomics divide’.

She has authored a chapter on global bioethics, organized and reported on international workshops on ‘Ancestry in Health and Medicine’, and ‘Genomics and the Bioeconomy’ with the OECD and HUGO, and was the 2010 winner of the ‘SIG’ Society Impact of Genomics prize for research excellence from the Ontario Genomics Institute.

Sarah has a PhD in Pharmacology and Therapeutics from McGill (fetal-maternal issues, morpho-genetic pathways in early embryonic development) and a BSc (genetics and biochemistry) from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She also was a National Team member, representing Canada in both track and cross country running, was three time McGill Athlete of the Year and was inducted to the McGill Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.

Her recent work can be found published in the HUGO Journal, Genome Medicine, the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, and PLoS One.