Cindy Schairer, PhD

Project Scientist

Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science,
UC San Diego Health

Dr. Cynthia “Cindy” Schairer is a researcher in the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology and Science Studies Program at UCSD. Cindy’s research draws on her background in sociology, science studies, and bioethics, focusing on the social dimensions of cutting-edge science and technology in medicine and public health. She is an expert qualitative researcher, specializing in consensus coding and interpretive analysis. She has worked on projects focused on stigma and genetics; human enhancement and bioethics; prosthetic limbs and disability; ethics of HIV research and prevention; politics and moral panic; and compassion and bias in healthcare. Her current work examines forms of community and stakeholder engagement surrounding two emerging public health technologies: gene drive mosquitoes for vector control and molecular surveillance of HIV. She also currently lends her expertise in ethics and qualitative methods to projects on digital health technologies and biobanking.



Research Interest Qualitative methods, stakeholder engagement for public health and healthcare technology development, ethics and responsible innovation
Education B.A., Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College; Ph.D., Sociology and Science Studies from University of California, San Diego


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