Vence Bonham has joined the Saint Louis University School of Law, teaching at the Center for Health Law Studies as an adjunct professor of law. Bonham is currently an associate investigator in the Social and Behavioral Research Branch, Division of Intramural Research, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health. Bonham’s research and scholarship is at the intersection of law, public policy, health care and genetics. His research focuses primarily on the social and policy influence of new genomic knowledge, particularly in communities of color.
Bonham is interested in how genomic discoveries influence social identity, how genomics might influence the use of the constructs of race and ethnicity in biomedical research, and the role of genetics and genomics in understanding racial and ethnic health disparities. He also studies physicians’ and other health professionals’ clinical decision making and their knowledge and beliefs about genetic differences based upon race and ethnicity, and the roles that race and ethnicity may play in clinical practice. Prior to joining the National Institutes of Health, Bonham was a tenured associate professor at Michigan State University in the Colleges of Medicine and Law. He has published numerous publications in medical, public health, health policy and legal journals.