Dr Wallace's research interests include the legal and policy implications of population-based and disease-based biobanks, ethical issues in biomedical research, research ethics review, public health ethics and public health genomics. She also sits on the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) Ethics and Policy Committee, the UK ICGC Prostate Project Oversight Group and the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project ELSI Task Force. She is involved in the BioSHaRE-EU (FP7) project which focuses on the development and evaluation of tools and methods for accessing and exploiting data from biobanks and cohort studies. She is also currently a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics Working Party on biological and health data.
Prior to joining the University of Leicester, she was an Assistant Professor in the Centre of Genomics and Policy, Department of Human Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, at McGill University. She directed the Policymaking Core of the Public Population Project in Genomics (P3G) Consortium, which examined policy issues related to longitudinal population studies. She has also been a Policy Officer (Humanities) at the Public Health Genetics Unit, Cambridge Genetics Knowledge Park, in Cambridge, UK, and Director of the Americas Office of the Human Genome Organisation in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. She received a Ph.D. in Biotechnological Law and Ethics from the University of Sheffield, UK, in 2004.