Yann Joly Ph.D.


Yann Joly, Ph.D. (DCL) Ad.E. is a Lawyer Emeritus from the Quebec Bar and the Research Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policies (CGP). He is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Human Genetics cross-appointed at the Bioethics Unit, at McGill University. He is a Research Fellow at the Fonds de recherche du Québec- Santé (FRQS) and an Associate Researcher at the Centre de recherche en droit public at Université de Montréal.

Yann is also the Chair of the Bioethics Workgroup of the International Human Epigenome Consortium (IHEC) and of the UNESCO and Human Variome Project (HVP) Standards Group. He is the Data Access Officer of the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) and a member of the Human Genome Organization (HUGO) Committee on Ethics, Law and Society (CELS).

His research interests lie at the interface of the fields of intellectual property, health law (biotechnology and other emerging health technologies) and bioethics. Yann has published his findings in over a hundred peer-reviewed articles featured in top legal, ethical and scientific journals. He served as a legal advisor on multiple research ethics committees in the public and private sectors. Yann also sits on editorial committees and acts as a reviewer for a wide range of publications in his field. In 2012, he received the Quebec Bar Award of Merit (Innovation) for his work on the right to privacy in the biomedical field.

For more information please proceed to the website of the Centre of Genomics and Policy.


Genetics, Ethics and the Law (HGEN 660)
Genetics in Medicine (HGEN 400) 
Topics on the Human Genome (BIOL 568)

Lab Composition

Gabrielle Bertier PhD Student
Charles Dupras Post-Doc
Forough Noohi PhD student
Derek So PhD Student