Ellen Wright Clayton

Ellen Wright Clayton is an American Rosalind E. Franklin Professor of genetics[1] and chairwoman of the Institute of Medicine Board at the Population Health and Public Health Practice who became a 2013 recipient of the David Rall Medal.[2]

Early lifeEdit

Wright Clayton was born in Houston, Texas where she attended school. She graduated from Duke with a degree in zoology and then obtained master's degree in biochemistry from Stanford University.[3] Some years later she got her degree in law from Yale, and medical degree from Harvard respectively.[4]


From 1988 she served as Vanderbilt University faculty member and since that time has published two books and over 150 peer-reviewed articles relating to law, medicine and public health. She serves on the advisory board panel of both the National Institutes of Health and Human Genome Organisation.[4] In 2006 she was elected to IOM and three years later became its council member. In 2012 she began her three-year term as its BPH chairwoman.[2] Since November 6, 2013 she serves as Nashville Business Journal editor.[5] Currently she teaches in both medical and law schools and is a director of Vanderbilt's Center for Genetics and Health Policy.[3]

Awards and honoursEdit

Clayton is a fellow of both AAAS and American Pediatric Society.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

On Sundays she sang in a choir.[3]

Selected publicationsEdit


  1. ^ Fiona Soltes (Spring 2009). "The Convergence of Arts and Science". Arts and Science Magazine. Archived from the original on September 8, 2009. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ a b "David Rall Award". Archived from the original on May 27, 2010. Retrieved May 17, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Paul Govern. "Science, society and the law — Ellen Wright Clayton has some issues". Vanderbilt University.
  4. ^ a b c Bill Snyder (October 23, 2013). "Institute of Medicine honors Vanderbilt's Clayton". Vanderbilt University. Archived from the original on October 24, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2014.
  5. ^ "Ellen Wright Clayton". Nashville Business Journal. Archived from the original on November 12, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2014.

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