Dr Curtis is interested in genomics, technology and their impacts on society, and she is particularly interested in privacy issues surrounding genomic data. Her versatile science and science communication skills make Dr Curtis a valuable member of the Centre for Policy Futures’ Science, Technology and Society research program.
Caitlin's professional interests have shifted from the laboratory to thinking about how the remarkable advances in genomics and technology are impacting society. Her research now spans both science and humanities to look at some of the emerging ethical, legal and social issues being created by the advances in genetic technology, in order to inform policy debate on these important issues.
Her research addresses the questions:
What are the new challenges being presented along with the advances in genomics technology?
How can genetic data be integrated to society in a way that benefits everyone equitably?
Dr Curtis has experience applying molecular tools in combination with ecological studies and historical records, to gain new insights into ecology and archaeology. Her work has involved the analysis of DNA from a range of species (from sawfish to seals) and she has used next generation sequencing technologies to investigate ancient, mummified remains and modern avian species.