Positions

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

Education

PhD from New York University
Neuroscience
JD from University of Pennsylvania School of Law
MA from University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Bioethics
BA from University of Puerto Rico
Psychology
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

Professional Interests

  • Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomics
  • Emerging Neurotechnologies
  • Psychiatry
  • Neuroethics
  • Bioethics, Law, and Policy - emerging biomedical technologies

Professional Statement

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.

Selected Publications

Funding

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.