Holly Fernandez Lynch
Holly Fernandez Lynch
Executive Director

Executive Director

Holly Fernandez Lynch is Executive Director of the Petrie-Flom Center. As Executive Director, Holly is responsible for oversight of the Center’s sponsored research portfolio, event programming, fellowships, student engagement, and a range of other projects and collaborations. She is Co-Lead of the Law and Ethics Initiative of the Football Players Health Study at Harvard University, as well as Co-Lead of the Center’s Involvement with the Regulatory Foundations, Ethics, and Law Program of Harvard Catalyst, Harvard’s Clinical and Translational Science Center. In addition, she is Co-Editor of the Center’s collaborative health policy blog, Bill of Health.

Holly’s scholarship focuses on law, bioethics, and health policy, in particular the regulation and ethical conduct of research with human subjects domestically and internationally, pharmaceutical development and regulatory policy, conflicts of conscience in health care, medical professionalism, conflicts of interest, and religion in health care. She published Conflicts of Conscience in Health Care: An Institutional Compromise in 2008 (MIT Press), and released a co-edited volume from MIT Press in 2014 called Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future. She has served as Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, teaching a course on "Bioethics in the Courts," as well as lecturer for Harvard Catalyst courses on "Introduction to Translational Medicine" and "Fundamentals of Clinical and Translational Research."  In 2014, Holly was appointed as a member of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Holly previously practiced law at Hogan & Hartson, LLP (now Hogan Lovells) in Washington, D.C., where she counseled pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients on complex regulatory matters involving the Food and Drug Administration. In addition, Holly has government experience as a bioethicist working with the Human Subjects Protection Branch at the NIH’s Division of AIDS, where she advised the Division, its clinical trial networks, and grant recipients on research ethics and human subjects regulatory issues arising in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and co-infection studies. She was also Senior Policy and Research Analyst for President Obama’s Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, where she worked on Ethically Impossible: STD Research in Guatemala from 1946-1948. Holly has served as a member of the Institutional Review Board at The Fenway Institute, and as a member of expert working groups at the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center at Harvard. 

Holly graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was a Levy Scholar in Law and Bioethics. While pursuing her law degree, Holly earned her Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.