About the Center

The Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy (CBGHP) serves as a reference point for research, policy development and advocacy concerning science, biotechnology, bioethics and healthcare in the United States and abroad. The CBGHP engages multiple stakeholder communities: scholars, policy makers, civil society, healthcare providers, the judiciary and the general public, highlighting the collaborative role and function of law in responding to state, federal and international healthcare concerns.

Mission: To educate the public and serve as a catalyst for the advancement of society through research, educational outreach and advocacy.

Vision: We strive to make our work accessible for all communities. Starting in 2020-21, all online programming is joined by ASL interpretation.


The CBGHP prioritizes collaborative, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary exchanges, bringing scholars, policy makers, nongovernmental organization members and others to the University of California, Irvine for roundtables, symposia and points of engagement. We serve as conduit for knowledge at UCI between departments in Health Sciences, Public Health, Stem Cell Research Center, Social Sciences, Law, and the Humanities. More about CBGHP Activities >


The CBGHP engages three major initiatives: Public Health and Legal Policy; Reproductive Justice; and Antiracism, Inclusion and Global Equality. We proudly partner with the Institute for Global Child Advocacy. More about CBGHP Initiatives >

Responding to COVID-19 and Pandemics

The CBGHP has been at the forefront of academic discourse and engagement on COVID-19 through symposia, colloquia, public commentary, and collaboration. This work has garnered national and international attention, during the pandemic. More about CBGHP's COVID-19 Response >                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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Our Stories

The CBGHP was founded to advance contemporary discourses on biotechnology, bioethics, health, social justice, women’s health, and law. We are meeting this goal and much more through interdisciplinary collaborations with experts and practitioners in the areas of medicine, public health, gender and sexuality studies, and human ecology, to name a few. We are engaging communities through colloquia, symposia, collaborative roundtables and discussion series. Come join us. Hear our stories and tell us yours. More about Our Stories>

Scholarship and Publications

The CBGHP is a centerpoint for engagement with academics, civil society, foundations, the private sector, and government to advance knowledge.  Members of its community are highly-sought after and recognized for their achievements in law, health sciences, social sciences, the humanities, and economics. Their works are published in books, the leading peer-reviewed journals, and news outlets domestically and internationally.  Members of our community serve on civil society boards and are recruited to advise the public and private sector on health, technology, social determinants of health, and ethics.  Their research has received numerous awards. For scholarship, please click here. For news and commentary, please click here.


CBGHP Activities

Tune in for On The Issues with Michele Goodwina Podcast hosted by Professor Goodwin!

April 26, 2021: Town Hall on Inclusive Healthcare in UC System

REWATCH: Advancing Women's Equality: What's Next?


March 10, 2021: Advancing Women's Equality: Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice

March 1, 2021: Ongoing Challenges of Disability Discrimination in Law, Politics & Society

February 19, 2021: Reckoning and Reconciliation: Art, Architecture, and Culture in Contested Sites

February 8, 2021: Advancing Women's Equality: Race, Sex, and Policing in America

January 13, 2021: Advancing Women's Equality: Women, Mass Incarceration, and Criminal Justice

October 30, 2020:  Women on the Frontlines: COVID & Beyond

October 7, 2020: The Appeal & Now This: Ending Legalized Slavery In U.S. Prisons

June 4, 2020:  A Conversation on Protecting Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in Times of Political Crisis 

June 30, 2020: After June Medical Services: The Past, Present, and Future of Regulating Reproduction

June 30, 2020: Elevating and Engaging with Black Lives on Law School Campuses

May 14, 2020: UCI Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center Panel on COVID-19

May 13, 2020: Michele Goodwin on Quarantine and the Limits of Government Action - COVID-19 & The Law Series

May 12, 2020: Panel Discussion: Reproductive Health & Rights in a Time of Coronavirus

May 4, 2020: Disparate Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color hosted by American Constituion Society 


Nassim Alisobhani
(949) 824-5601 

Merima Tricic
Senior Fellow