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.