Dr. Sivan Tamir is a researcher in the field of law and bioethics. She is a research associate in the Genetic Policy & Bioethics Unit at the Gertner Institute for Epidemiology & Health Policy Research, and a teaching fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Haifa. She holds a Ph.D. in law (specializing in bioethics) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Dr. Tamir’s recent research has focused on the futuristic technology of postnatal human genetic enhancement, investigating ethical and legal considerations relating to identity, children's rights and parental obligations, and the role of the state. Her principal research interests lie in the fields of medical law and bioethics, particularly 'genethics', reproductive ethics, neuroethics, clinical research ethics, ethics and emerging technologies, and health policy. Previous research includes studying the ethico-legal and practical implications of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing; ethical and practical implications of whole genome and whole exome sequencing, focusing on the issue of incidental findings; and sperm donors' ethical obligation to disclose personal genetic information.