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Christian Ross

Office of University Affairs
Grad Intern
Graduate Assistant/Associate, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 7705
Student Information:
Graduate Student
Biology (Biology and Society)
The College of Lib Arts & Sci


Christian began his PhD in the Biology and Society program at Arizona State University in 2015 studying the intersection of biotechnology, science policy, and society. Now, he leverages his undergraduate background in biochemistry to better inform his current research on emerging biotechnologies like CRISPR and science policy. Christian’s research is focused on the ways in which science shapes and informs policy deliberations and decision making surrounding CRISPR and its applications in germline and somatic gene therapies, industrial and agricultural production, and conservation and public health controls through gene drives. Specifically, he asks questions about the role of technical, scientific details in defining uncertainties and risks of emerging biotechnologies and how science effectively (or ineffectively) engages with the publics impacted by the application of such technologies.


Biochemistry (Medicinal Chemistry), B.S. - 2014, Arizona State Univeristy

Biology and Society (Bioethics, Policy & Law), PhD - Anticipated 2020, Arizona State University

Research Interests: 

CRISPR and genome editing technologies

Public engagement

Science policy and governance

Science and technology policy


Christian H. Ross. (2017). Maurice Ralph Hilleman (1919–2005). Embryo Project Encyclopedia.

Christian H. Ross. (2017). The Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine. Embryo Project Encyclopedia.

Christian H. Ross. (2017). “The Serial Cultivation of Human Diploid Cell Strains” (1958-1961), by Leonard Hayflick and Paul S. Moorhead. Embryo Project Encyclopedia.

Christian H. Ross. (2017). Stanley Alan Plotkin (1932–). Embryo Project Encyclopedia.

Christian H. Ross. (2017). Stanley Alan Plotkin’s Development of a Rubella Vaccine (1969). Embryo Project Encyclopedia.

Patrick McGurrin and Christian H. Ross. (2016). "Using Animals in Research." ASU - Ask A Biologist. 4 December 2016.

Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 318History of Medicine
HPS 331History of Medicine
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 312Bioethics
Honors / Awards: 

Science Graduate Excellence Award, Arizona State University (2017)

Graduate Research Fellowship Program, National Science Foundation (2017)

Strategic Initiatives Fund, Office of the President- Arizona State University (2016)

Life Sciences Doctoral Recruitment Fellowship, Arizona State University (2015)

School of Life Sciences Graduate Fellowship, Arizona State University (2015)



Journal for Science Policy and Governance, Associate Editor

Professional Associations: 

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society; American Association for the Advancement of Science; Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society


School of Life Sciences Graduate Executive Board-

Vice President (2018)

Event Coordinator and GPSA Representative (2017)

Graduate and Professional Student Association-

Assembly Member Life Sciences (2017-2018)