Françoise Baylis

University Research Professor

Research Topics:
  • Embryo research and genome editing
  • Assisted Human Reproduction
  • Impact ethics
  • Research involving humans
  • Women's health
  • Public health


  • BA (First Class Honours), Political Science, McGill University
  • MA, Philosophy, University of Western Ontario
  • PhD, Philosophy (specialization in Bioethics), University of Western Ontario

Research interests

Professor Baylis’ research aims to move the limits of mainstream bioethics and develop more effective ways to understand and tackle public policy challenges in Canada and abroad. Her current focus is on the ethics and regulation of technologies that aim to genetically modify human embryos and the germline.

Selected publications

  • Baylis, F. (forthcoming). Altered Inheritance: CRISPR and the Ethics of  Human Genome Editing. Harvard University Press.
  • Baylis, F., & Dreger, A. (Eds). (2018). Bioethics in action. Cambridge University Press.
  • Baylis, F. (2017). Human nuclear genome transfer (so-called mitochondrial replacement): Clearing the underbrush. Bioethics 31(1), 7-19.
  • Baylis, F., & Ballantyne, A. (Eds). (2016). Clinical research involving pregnant women. Springer.
  • Baylis, F. (2015). A relational view of conscience and physician conscientious action. International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 8(1), 18-36.
  • Baylis, F., & McLeod, C. (Eds.). (2014) Family-making: Contemporary ethical challenges. Oxford University Press.
  • Baylis, F., & Downie, J. (Guest Eds.) (2014) Transnational reproductive travel. International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, 7(2).

Awards and honours

  • Lloyd Fraser Award for Outstanding Senate Leadership, Dalhousie University (2018)
  • Canadian Bioethics Society Lifetime Achievement Award (2017)
  • Order of Nova Scotia (2016)
  • Order of Canada (2016)
  • Distinguished Academic Award, Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT, 2016)
  • Tier 1, Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Philosophy (2004-2018)
  • Fellow Royal Society of Canada (since 2007)
  • Fellow Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (since 2007)
  • Canadian Who’s Who (since 2004)
  • Who’s Who in Black Canada (since 2002) 


Over the years, Professor Baylis has provided interdisciplinary training to many postdoctoral fellows from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, including philosophy, political science, sociology, science and technology studies, law, and biology.