Dr. Durfy has been engaged in human subjects
research and research review for many years, as a researcher, educator and
Institutional Review Board (IRB) Chair and member.
Her research has included molecular biology laboratory research,
research on ethical issues associated with genetic testing, and social
science and behavioral research on ethical, social and counseling issues
associated with testing for inherited susceptibility to breast cancer.
Since 1989 she has been extensively involved in education in
genetics, genetic research, genetics ethics and research ethics for
audiences as diverse as academicians, primary care physicians and high
school students. In addition, she developed, as Principal
Investigator, an NIH-funded, intensive training course in research ethics for IRB members,
administrators and researchers. She has served as a consultant to numerous regional,
national and international committees and organizations. She currently serves on an
IRB as an unaffiliated member and has served a diversity of IRBs in the past,
including Chairing a combined biomedical-behavioral IRB at the University of Washington.
For several years prior to founding Illuminata, Inc., she was a faculty member with the
Department of Medical History and Ethics, University of Washington, Seattle.