Diane M. Korngiebel, DPhil

Diane M. Korngiebel, DPhil


Research Scholar

Diane M. Korngiebel is committed to raising awareness of ethical and societal issues among those who develop, use, or are impacted by artificial intelligence and Big Data technologies. Her current work explores the ethics of using AI in health care delivery and research, the potential and limitations of Big Data science, and appropriate (and inappropriate) design and deployment of digital health applications.

Before joining The Hastings Center, she was an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. She recently completed training as an ELSI (ethical, legal, and social implications) scholar through a five-year career development award from the National Human Genome Research Institute under the mentorship of Dr. Wylie Burke, MD, PhD, and Dr. Peter Tarczy-Hornoch, MD, FACMI.

Korngiebel’s work has appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, Nature: Genetics in Medicine, and PLoS Genetics. She is currently the principal investigator on a grant funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute and the National Institutes of Health’s Office of the Director on developing an ethics framework to guide biomedical data scientists constructing data models and algorithms. Recently she was the principal investigator on two NIH grants whose topics covered the ethics of computerized decision support for clinicians and the use of patient portals to return test results to patients electronically.

She earned a BA in history from the University of Washington, Seattle, and holds a doctorate in history from the University of Oxford, where she studied the English colonization of Wales and Ireland under the late Prof. Sir R. Rees Davies.


Diane M. Korngiebel, Jennifer Zech, Amelia Chappelle, Wylie Burke, Jan Carline, Thomas Gallagher, and Malia Fullerton, “Practice Implications of Expanded Genetic Testing in Oncology,” Cancer Investigation 2019.

Diane M. Korngiebel, Kathleen West, and Wylie Burke, “Clinician-Stakeholders’ Perspectives on Using Patient Portals to Return Lynch Syndrome Screening Results,” Journal of Genetic Counseling 2018 Apr;27(2):349-357.

Diane M. Korngiebel, Kenneth Thummel, and Wylie Burke, “Implementing Precision Medicine: The Ethical Challenges,” Trends in Pharmacological Sciences 2017 Jan;38(1):8-14.

Diane M. Korngiebel, Malia Fullerton, and Wylie Burke, “Patient Safety in Genomic Medicine: An Exploratory Study,” Genetics in Medicine 2016 Nov;18(11):1136-1142.

Wylie Burke and Diane M. Korngiebel, “Closing the Gap between Knowledge and Clinical Application: Challenges for Genomic Translation,” PLoS Genetics 2015 Feb 26;11(2).

Diane M. Korngiebel, “English Colonial Ethnic Discrimination in the Lordship of Dyffryn Clwyd,” The Welsh History Review 23(2); Feb. 2006; 1-24.


Diane M. Korngiebel, Maile Taualii, Ralph Forquera, Raymond Harris, and Dedra Buchwald, “Addressing the Challenges of Research with Small Populations,” American Journal of Public Health, Sept. 2015.


Presentation at the National Academy of the Sciences Workshop on Improving Health Research on Small Populations, Jan. 18, 2018, on “Addressing the Challenges of Research with Small Populations.”