Robert M. Cook-Deegan

Robert M. Cook-Deegan
Research Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Campus mail: 14695 West Ridge Road, Accokeek, MD 20607-9591
Phone: (301) 283-0410

Robert Cook-Deegan is a research professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, with secondary appointments in Internal Medicine (School of Medicine), and Biology (Trinity College of Arts & Sciences). He was the founding director for Genome Ethics, Law & Policy in Duke’s Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy from July 2002 through December 2012.  He is the author of The Gene Wars: Science, Politics, and the Human Genome and an author on over 250 articles.

Dr. Cook-Deegan’s areas of expertise include genomics and intellectual property, history of genomics, global health, science and health policy, and health research policy. His current research focuses on policy implications of genomics, bioethics, intellectual property, and innovation. (On leave, fall 2015)

Education and Training

  • Harvard University, B.A. 1975
  • University Colorado Denver, M.D. 1979


The Gene Wars: Science, Politics and the Human Genome

In this firsthand account of the protracted struggle to launch the genome project, a close observer of that process - and sometime participant in it - unravels the tangled scientific and political threads of the story, relying on primary ...