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Margaret Curnutte

Margaret Curnutte

email: maggie.curnutte (at)

Maggie Curnutte is a Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist at Foundation Medicine. She was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2011-12. Maggie’s interests lie in understanding and improving healthcare systems. Her training lends insight when analyzing pressing policy issues and developing creative solutions.

In her doctoral research she explored the intersection of consumer culture, internet-based healthcare delivery, and the field of genomics. This work more broadly informed her understanding of current consumer healthcare trends as an extension of patient empowerment. In her postdoctoral training this research expanded to include analytically rigorous health policy analysis of the genomics industry.

Prior to her appointment at Avalere Health, Maggie held a postdoctoral fellowship at The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX) and graduate and postdoctoral fellowships in the Program on Science, Technology, and Society at the Kennedy School of Government (Cambridge, M.A.). Maggie received a B.A. in philosophy from Pomona College in 2005 and a Ph.D. in the Foundations and Ethics of the Life Sciences from the University of Milan in 2012. While an undergraduate she received training in molecular biology through laboratory internships at the Center for Clinical Immunology at Stanford University and DNAX Research Institute (Palo Alto, CA). Post-college she worked as a technician at The Center for Blood Research at Harvard Medical School, and as part of her graduate training continued laboratory work at The Institute for Molecular Oncology (Milan, Italy).


Curnutte, Maggie and Giuseppe Testa. “Consuming Genomes: Scientific and Social Innovation in Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing,” New Genetics and Society, 2012.

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