Nanibaa’ Garrison

Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Academic Personnel & Development

(310) 206-6146

Nanibaa’ Garrison (Navajo), Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has appointments in the Institute for Society and Genetics, the Institute for Precision Health, and the Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research. She is a teaching faculty for the UCLA genetic counseling master’s program. 

Dr. Garrison earned her Ph.D. in genetics at Stanford University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in bioethics at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and the Center for Integration of Research on Genetics & Ethics at Stanford University. Prior to coming to UCLA, Dr. Garrison was an Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University, University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Research Institute. 

Dr. Garrison is the recipient of an NIH K01 career development award to explore perspectives of tribal leaders, physicians, scientists, and policy makers on genetic research with tribes. Her research focuses on the ethical, social, and cultural implications of genetic and genomic research in Indigenous communities. Using community-based research approaches, she engages with tribal communities to develop policies and guidance for tribes.


Selected publications:

Garrison NA. Genomic Justice for Indigenous Americans: Impact of the Havasupai Case on Genetic Research. Science, Technology & Human Values. 2013 Mar; 38(2): 201-223. doi: 10.1177/0162243912470009.

Ormond KE, Mortlock DP, Scholes DT, Bombard Y, Brody LC, Faucett WA, Garrison NA, Hercher L, Isasi R, Middleton A, Musunuru K, Shriner D, Virani A, Young CE. ASHG Position Statement on Human Germline Genome Editing. American Journal of Human Genetics. 2017 Aug 3; 101(2): 167-176. PMID: 28777929.

Garrison NA. Genetic Ancestry Testing with Tribes: Ethics, Identity, and Health Implications. Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Spring 2018; 147(2): 60-69.

Bardill JD, Bader AC, Garrison NA, Bolnick DA, Raff JA, Walker A, Malhi RS, and the Summer internship for INdigenous peoples in Genomics (SING) Consortium. Advancing the Ethics of Paleogenomics. Science. 2018 Apr;6387(360):384-385. PMID: 29700256.

Claw KG, Anderson MZ, Begay RL, Tsosie KS, Fox K, Garrison NA, and the Summer internship for INdigenous peoples in Genomics (SING) Consortium. A Framework for Enhancing Ethical Genomics Research with Indigenous Communities. Nature Communication. 2018 Jul; 9(1):2957. PMID: 30054469.

Garrison NA, Brothers KB, Goldenberg AJ, Lynch JA. Genomic Contextualism: Shifting the Rhetoric of Genetic Exceptionalism. American Journal of Bioethics. 2019 Jan;19(1):51-63. PMID: 30676903.

Bombard Y, Levy HP, Brothers KB, Fitzgerald-Butt S, Garrison NA, Jamal L, James CA, Jarvik GP, McCormick JB, Nelson TN, Ormond KE, Rehm HL, Richer J, Souzeau E, Vassy JL, Wagner JK. ASHG Position Statement on the Responsibility to Recontact Research Participants After Reinterpretation of Genetic & Genomic Research Results. American Journal of Human Genetics. 2019 Apr; 104:578-595. PMID: 30951675.

Non AL, León-Pérez GM, Glass H, Kelly E, Garrison NA. Stress across generations: A qualitative study of stress, coping, and caregiving among Mexican immigrant mothers. Ethnicity and Health. 2019 May; 24(4):378-394. PMID: 28669238. 

Garrison NA, Hudson M, Ballantyne LL, Garba I, Martinez A, Taualii M, Arbour L, Caron NR, Rainie SC. Genomic research through an Indigenous lens: Understanding the expectations. Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics. 2019 Aug 31;20:495-517. PMID: 30892943

Armsby AJ, Bombard Y, Garrison NA, Halpern-Felsher BL, Ormond KE. Attitudes of Members of Genetics Professional Societies Toward Human Gene Editing. The CRISPR Journal. 2019 Oct;2(5):331-339. PMID: 31599688

Garrison NA, Barton KS, Porter KM, Mai T, Burke W, Carroll SR. Access and Management: Indigenous perspectives on Genomic Data Sharing. Ethnicity and Disease. 2019 Dec 12;29(Suppl 3):659-668. PMID: 31889771

Hudson M, Garrison NA, Sterling R, Caron NR, Fox K, Yracheta J, Anderson J, Wilcox P, Arbour L, Brown A, Taualii M, Kukutai T, Haring R, Te Aika B, Baynam GS, Dearden PK, Chagné D, Malhi RS, Garba I, Tiffin N, Bolnick D, Stott M, Rolleston AK, Ballantyne LL, Lovett R, David-Chavez D, Martinez A, Sporle A, Walter M, Reading J, Carroll SR. Rights, Interests, & Expectations: Indigenous perspectives on unrestricted access to genomic data. Nature Reviews Genetics. 2020 Apr 6. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 32251390


Book Chapters

Garrison NA. “Evolving Consent: Insights from Researchers and Participants in the Age of Broad Consent and Data Sharing.” Specimen Science: Ethics and Policy Implications. Editors: Lynch HF, Bierer B, Cohen IG, Rivera SM (Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press, 2017), 185-200.

Garrison NA, Bardill JD. “The Ethics of Genetic Ancestry Testing.” A Companion to Anthropological Genetics. Editor: O’Rourke DH (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2019), 17-36. 

Garrison NA. “Informed Consent and the Ethics of IRB Research: A Case Study of the Havasupai Tribe’s Lawsuit Against Genetic Researchers.” The Academic’s Handbook. Editors: Flores L, Olcott J. (Durham, NC: Duke University Press) [In Press]