Assistant Professor
Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US


BA from University of Virginia
Interdisciplinary (Bioethics)
JD from Harvard Law School
Fellowship at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Intellectual Property Law
MPH from The University of Texas School of Public Health
Health Services Organization


Texas Bar
Texas Board of Law Examiners
Illinois Bar
Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar
U.S. Patent Bar
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Honors & Awards

President James T./Nancy Beamer Willerson Scholarship in Public Health
Echols Scholar
Julius and Suzan Glickman Endowed Scholarship in Innovation

Professional Interests

  • Intellectual property and health innovation
  • Ethical, legal, and social implications of genomic technologies
  • Citizen science, DIY biology, and biohacking
  • Research ethics
  • Health privacy
  • Forensic genealogy

Professional Statement

Christi Guerrini is an Asst. Professor in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, where she teaches and conducts research at the intersection of law, innovation, health, and ethics. Christi received a four-year K01 award from the National Human Genome Research Institute to study ownership interests in citizen science. She also currently serves as an affiliated researcher at the University of Houston Law Center’s Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law.

Christi serves on the Committee of Correspondence on Forensic Genealogy to the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM) and the Ethics Working Group of the Citizen Science Association. She also recently served as a consultant to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Committee on the Return of Individual-Specific Research Results Generated in Research Laboratories.

Christi received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and M.P.H. from The University of Texas School of Public Health. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Highest Honors from the University of Virginia, where she received her B.A.

Prior to joining BCM, Christi served as the Intellectual Property Fellow at Chicago-Kent College of Law and taught patent law and legal writing courses at Brooklyn Law School. Christi also litigated patent, trademark, contract, and class action disputes across a spectrum of industries in private practice. She is admitted to practice in Texas and Illinois and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Christi has published in Science, Nature Biotechnology, the Journal of Law and the Biosciences, and various law journals. She is also a frequent contributor to BCM's PolicyWise blog.

Selected Publications


American Bar Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
American Society of Human Genetics