Naomi Hawkins is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter. She obtained her LLB and her BSc (Biomedical Science) from the University of Queensland in Australia before completing her BCL and DPhil at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the interaction of law and biomedical science, particularly around intellectual property rights. She uses traditional legal research and empirical methods to investigate the impact of patents on the development of translational outcomes of genetics and genomics research. She is also interested in the ways in which data sharing practices intersect with intellectual property rights in science. She is currently funded by the ESRC Future Research Leaders scheme for her project "The Impact of Patents on Translational Research - Non-Invasive Prenatal Diagnosis in Europe and the US".