Shawneequa Callier Shawneequa Callier
Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Office Phone: 202-994-4216
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Department: Clinical Research and Leadership


Shawneequa Callier, J.D., M.A. Bioethics, is an Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Clinical Research and Leadership at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS). For over a decade, she has also served as a Special Volunteer at the Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health at the National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH. Professor Callier teaches bioethics courses in the SMHS Translational Health Sciences Ph.D. program and provides guest lectures across GW's campus on health research ethics and genomics law and policy. For nearly a decade, Professor Callier also served on the GW Hospital Ethics Committee.
Prior to joining the GW faculty, Professor Callier completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law, an interdisciplinary center for excellence funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute and located in the Bioethics Department of Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine. Earlier in her career, Professor Callier practiced healthcare law as an attorney in Washington, D.C. She also interned at the World Health Organization and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, examining international health research ethics policies and human genetics laws and guidelines.


Professor Callier has nearly two decades of experience analyzing the ethical, legal, and social implications of emerging technologies. Her scholarship and research have focused on precision medicine research and health disparities, data science ethics and equity, diversity and inclusion in genomic research, genomic incidental findings, the use of race in medicine and pharmacogenomics research, and genetic ancestry testing.  

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Current Funding
09/01/2023 – 06/30/2027  1R01 HG012841-01, NIH/NHGRI
Just Inclusion and Equity: Negotiating Community-Research Partnerships in Genomics Research
PIs: Lee, Shim, and Callier (Columbia University, University of California-San Francisco, GW)

5/1/2023 – 03/30/2028  2R01 HD090019-06A1, NIH/NICHD
Precision Medicine Policy and Treatment (PreEMPT) Model II
PI: Wu (Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute)
Role: Co-Investigator 

06/01/22-03/31/26  1R01HG012402-01, NIH/NHGRI
Beyond the Medical: The ELSI of Polygenic Scores for Social Traits 
PIs: Cadigan and Prince (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and University of Iowa)
Role: Co-Investigator
09/20/21-07/31/26  U01MH127693, NIH/OD
Bridging Gaps in the ELSI of Data Science Health Research in Nigeria (BridgELSI)
PIs: Ogundiran and Adebamowo (West African Bioethics Center and University of Maryland)
Role: Co-Investigator
03/26/20-12/31/24  R25TW011505, FIC/NIH
United States-Mali Research Ethics Training Program
PIs: Hyder, Ndebele, and Doumbia (GW Milken Institute, School of Public Health and University of Techniques and Technologies, University of Bamako) 
Role: Co-Investigator

Past Projects
Incidental Findings in Whole Genome Sequencing Research: Assessing the Roadblocks to Translation. 
Principal Investigator. Emerging Scholars Award. George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Perspectives on Genetic Testing, Genetic Research and Receiving Personalized Genomic Information among Persons of African Descent. Co-Investigator. Latham Foundation. Collaboration with investigators at Howard University (PI: Denise Scott).

Medicare Providers' Use of Race and Genetics in Medical Practice. Principal Investigator. National Collaborative on Aging, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Ethical Legal and Social Issues in Comparative Effectiveness Research on Personalized Genomic Medicine Co-Investigator. National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health. Collaboration with investigators at Case Western Reserve University and Vanderbilt University (PI: Maxwell Mehlman).


2017 Genome Recognition of Employee Accomplishments and Talents (GREAT) Award from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), National Institutes of Health.


Bioethical Implications of Health Research  
Current Issues in Bioethics  
Health Care Law and Regulation  
Health Policy and Health Care Systems  
Grantsmanship in Translational Research 
Legal and Medical Ethics in Integrative Medicine  
Dentistry and the Law  

Centers and Institutes

  • Collaborator, Genetics, Race, Identity, Difference, Duke University (2014 - Present)
  • Special Volunteer, Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), NIH (2011 - Present)
  • Working Group Member, Genomics & Society Working Group, NHGRI, NIH (2021 - Present)
  • Incoming Member, The Novel and Exceptional Technology and Research Advisory Committee, NIH Director's Office (2023) 

Community Service

  • Ben's Chili Bowl Foundation Board Member (2017-2022), Chair (2022-Present)
  • Generation Hope Sponsor (2016 - Present)
  • Member, George Washington University Hospital Ethics Committee (2014 - 2024)
  • Donor Advocate, George Washington University Transplant Institute (2015 - 2018)
  • Coach, The Interdisciplinary Student Community-Oriented Prevention Enhancement Service (ISCOPES), George Washington University (2011 - 2015)
  • Special Volunteer, Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health (2011 - Present)
  • Board of Directors and Scholarship Committee, African-American/Caribbean Education Association, Inc (2007-Present)


  • Clinical and Translational Research
  • Clinical Management and Leadership
  • Translational Health Sciences

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported a financial interest with the health care related companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the University and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

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