- Assistant Professor
- Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy
- Baylor College of Medicine
- Houston, TX, US
- PhD from New York University
- JD from University of Pennsylvania School of Law
- MA from University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
- BA from University of Puerto Rico
- Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of North Carolina School of Medicine
- ELSI Genomics
Honors & Awards
- Postdoctoral Award for Research Excellence, UNC-Chapel Hill
- K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award, National Human Genome Research Institute
- F31 National Research Service Award, National Institute of Mental Health
- Diversity Program in Neuroscience Fellowship, American Psychological Association
- Scholarship Award Biology of Memory Course, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York
- Summer Program in Neuroscience, Ethics, and Survival, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA
- 2005 Psychology Medal, Highest GPA in Psychology B.A., University of Puerto Rico
- Recognition for Academic Achievements, Senate of Puerto Rico
- Psychology Student of the Year Award (undergraduate), Puerto Rican Psychological Association
- Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomics
- Emerging Neurotechnologies
- Bioethics, Law, and Policy - emerging biomedical technologies
Gabe Lázaro Ph.D., J.D., M.B.E., is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine. In his research, Dr. Lázaro-Muñoz combines his background in neuroscience, law, and bioethics to examine the social implications of emerging biomedical technologies in neuroscience and genomics. He is the principal investigator of two studies. The first is funded by a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to examine ethical, legal, and public policy challenges generated by translational psychiatric genomics research, and the integration of psychiatric genomics knowledge and technologies into clinical care and other spheres of society. The second is funded by the BRAIN Initiative - National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), to examine emerging ethical, legal, and social implications of the development of adaptive deep brain stimulation systems for the management of neuropsychiatric and movement disorders.
Dr. Lázaro-Muñoz obtained a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Professor Joseph LeDoux’s laboratory at New York University, where he studied neural pathways involved in the acquisition, storage, and behavioral expression of memories associated with fear-motivated actions. Dr. Lázaro-Muñoz has a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and is a licensed attorney. He also has a Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Puerto Rico.
- Lázaro-Muñoz G, Conley JM, Davis AM, Van Riper M, Walker RL, Juengst ET. "Looking for Trouble: Preventive Genomic Sequencing in the General Population and the Role of Patient Choice." Am J Bioeth. 2015;15(7):3-14. Pubmed PMID: 26147254
- Lázaro-Muñoz G, Diaz-Mataix L. "Manipulating Human Memory Through Reconsolidation: Stones Left Unturned." AJOB: Neuroscience. 2016;7(4):244-247.
- Conley JM, Cook-Deegan R, Lázaro-Muñoz G. "MYRIAD AFTER MYRIAD: THE PROPRIETARY DATA DILEMMA." N C J Law Technol. 2014;15(4):597-637. Pubmed PMID: 25544836
- Lázaro-Muñoz G, Conley JM, Davis AM, Prince AE, Cadigan RJ. "Which Results to Return: Subjective Judgments in Selecting Medically Actionable Genes." Genet Test Mol Biomarkers. 2017;[Epub ahead of print] Pubmed PMID: 28146641
- Lázaro-Muñoz G, LeDoux JE, Cain CK. "Sidman instrumental avoidance initially depends on lateral and basal amygdala and is constrained by central amygdala-mediated Pavlovian processes." Biol Psychiatry. 2010;67(12):1120-7. Pubmed PMID: 20110085
- Lázaro-Muñoz G, McGuire AL, Goodman WK. "Should We Be Concerned About Preserving Agency and Personal Identity in Patients With Adaptive Deep Brain Stimulation Systems?." AJOB Neuroscience. 2017;8(2):73-75.
- Lázaro-Muñoz G. "Responsible Translation of Psychiatric Genetics and Other Neuroscience Developments: In Need of Empirical Bioethics Research." Am J Bioeth. 2017;17(4):33-35. Pubmed PMID: 28328369
- Neuroethics of aDBS Systems Targeting Neuropsychiatric and Movement Disorders (PI) - #R01MH114854
- Grant funding from BRAIN Initiative - National Institute of Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health
- This projects examines emerging ethical, legal, and social implications of the development of adaptive deep brain stimulation systems for the management of neuropsychiatric and movement disorders.
- Return of Results from Psychiatric Genomics Research: Attitudes and Barriers (PI) - #R00HG008689
- Grant funding from National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health
- This projects examines emerging ethical, legal, and policy challenges related to advances in psychiatric genomics technology, translational psychiatric genomics research, and the integration of genomics to psychiatric practice.