Laura O'Donovan

Research Associate in Humanities and/or Social Sciences (The Future of Human Reproduction)

Research Overview

Laura is an academic lawyer who does research in healthcare law and bioethics. She has a particular interest in the following areas: (i) the regulation of reproduction (novel assisted reproductive technologies, pregnancy, and the family); (ii) organ donation (systems of opt-out donation and organ and tissue exclusions); and (iii) health inequalities with a particular focus on the gender health gap.

She received her PhD, which explored the legal and ethical challenges posed by uterus transplantation, from the University of Manchester in 2021. While undertaking her doctoral research, Laura also completed a placement at the Cabinet Office where she worked as a Policy Advisor in the Open Innovation Team.

Laura currently works as a Research Associate on the Wellcome funded project, 'The Future of Human Reproduction'.