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Joanna Sax

Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development
Professor of Law
Co-Director, Institute of Health Law Studies

J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine [Cell and Molecular Biology]
B.S., University of Wisconsin [Zoology]
619-515-1555
Contracts; Law, Science and Medicine; Trusts & Estates

Professor Sax’s research is at the nexus of law and science.  Her articles address ways to incentivize the advancement of science and protect scientific inquiry and innovation.  Professor Sax analyzes and questions policies that create barriers to basic science research, mostly by focusing on NIH funded research.  In addition to basic research, Professor Sax has a strong interest in the translation of advances in basic science.  In this vein, Professor Sax is widely recognized for her work on the food policy, particularly FDA regulation of dietary supplements and genetically engineered food. 

Professor Sax combines her education with her legal background in her research and teaching.  She has a JD and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.  Her PhD is in Cell and Molecular Biology.  After law school, Professor Sax was an associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP.  She is admitted to practice in California and the Ninth Circuit.

Professor Sax currently serves as the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development.  She also co-directs the Institute for Health Law Studies.

While Professor Sax’s core teaching interests mirror her research, she also enjoys teaching first year students.  In 2015, Professor Sax authored an innovative online casebook for Contracts.  This casebook is published by ChartaCourse, which provides an interactive online environment at an attractively low cost to students.

View Professor Sax's SSRN Author Page.

Recent Publications

  • Joanna K. Sax, Dietary Supplements are Not all Safe and Not all Food: How the Low Cost of Dietary Supplements Preys on the Consumer, __ Am. J. L. & Med. __ (forthcoming 2015).
  • Joanna K. Sax, Contracts (2015).
  • Joanna K. Sax, The Separation of Politics and Science, 7 Stan. J.L. Sci. & Pol’y 10 (2014).
  • Joanna K. Sax, The Tobacco Diaries: Lessons Learned and Applied to Regulation of Dietary Supplements, 73 Md. L. Rev. Endnotes 20 (2013).
  • Joanna K. Sax, Application of Default Rules to Address Financial Conflicts of Interest in Academic Medical Centers, 87 Ind. L.J. Supp. 53 (2012).
  • Joanna K. Sax, Financial Conflicts of Interest in Science, 21 Loy. Annals Health L. 291 (2012).
  • Joanna K. Sax & Neal M. Doran, Evaluation of Academic Scientists' Responses to Situations that Pose a Conflict of Interest, 12 Cancer Biology & Therapy 4 (2011).
  • Joanna K. Sax, Protecting Scientific Integrity: The Commercial Speech Doctrine Applied to Industry Publications, 37 Am. J.L. & Med. 203 (2011).
  • Joanna K. Sax, Access to Prescription Drugs: A Normative Economic Approach to Pharmacist Conscience Clause Legislation, 63 Me. L. Rev. 89 (2010).
  • Joanna K. Sax, Reforming FDA Policy for Pediatric Testing: Challenges and Changes in the Wake of Studies Using Anti-Depressant Drugs, 4 Ind. Health L. Rev. 62 (2007).