Ana Lita, Ph.D.
Ana Lita is Co-founder and Executive Director of the Global Bioethics Initiative (GBI), an international not-for-profit organization incorporated in the State of New York in July 2011, and the former director of the Appignani Bioethics Center. She received a Ph.D. degree from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, specializing in Applied Ethics and Social Philosophy, an M.A. in Sociology from the Central European University, Prague and a B.A. in History of Philosophy from the University of Bucharest, Romania. She held a tenure track position (2001-2004) as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Lincoln University, Missouri. From September 2009 to June 2010 she was a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics.
She was the beneficiary of a Soros Foundation Fellowship while studying at the Central European University and a National Association Fellowship for International Scholars as a graduate student at Bowling Green State University. In 1995 she was a visiting researcher at the European University Institute in Florence, Department of Law. She served as a junior researcher at the Institute for Educational Sciences in Bucharest, Romania from 1991-1995, where she was responsible for a joint research project on Adult Education with UNESCO Institute for Education in Hamburg, Germany.
Prior to her involvement with non-profit organizations she taught social sciences and philosophy in Europe and the United States. The author of numerous conference presentations, in addition to scholarly and popular publications, Lita is an active voice in public and academic discourse. Her teaching and writings have focused on ethics of health care, medical ethics and bioethics. Ana sits on the Bioethics Committee of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMB) and serves as a board member of the Genetics Policy Institute.
She is fluent in English, Romanian, French, and Italian.
PRESIDENT AND CO-FOUNDER
Charles Debrovner, M.D.
Dr. Charles H. Debrovner is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Yale University. He graduated from NYU School of Medicine in 1960. He has been a member of the New York Society for Ethical Culture since 1984. He served as its President for six years. He was the President of the Humanist Institute for twelve years. He has served on the Board of the Ethical Culture Fieldston Schools for over 20 years. Dr. Debrovner devoted much of his professional career to helping couples challenged with reproductive difficulties and infertility to achieve their dreams of a family.
He is the former Chair of the Department of OB/GYN at the French & PolyClinic Hospitals in New York City, and was an Emeritus Senior Attending Physician at St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital. Though retired from clinical practice, he remains a Clinical Professor of OB/GYN at NYU School of Medicine. He is currently Medical Coordinator for Obstetrics and Gynecology at the New York State Department of Health Office of Professional Medical Conduct. Fitting his expertise, Dr. Debrovner is especially interested in ethical issues related to assisted reproductive technologies (ART), abortion, female genital mutilation, and cloning, within the framework of human reproductive rights. He continues to serve as an expert in medical legal matters and lives in New York City.
Charles Debrovner, M.D., President and GBI Co-founder
Inmaculada de Melo-Martín Professor of Public Health in the Division of Medical Ethics, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Shirin Karsan, MBE, Special Projects Manager, School of Biomedical Engineering at Drexel University
Rachel Mayanja, LLM, Former United Nations Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women
Jay Seaver, CPA, Founding Partner of Seaver & Forck, CPAs
Nina B.L. Urban, M.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry New York State Psychiatric Institute/ Columbia University Medical Center
Ashok K. Vaseashta, Ph.D., D.Sc., Director of the Institute for Advanced Sciences Convergence and the International Clean Water Institute, and U.S. Department of State Franklin Fellow
Art Caplan, Ph.D., Honorary Member, the Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City. He is also the founding Director of the Division of Medical Ethics at the Department of Population Health at NYU.
Barry Herman, Ph.D., Visiting Senior Fellow at the Graduate Program in International Affairs of The New School in New York.
James Hughes, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.
Jonathan Moreno, Ph.D., Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and visiting Professor at the University of Virginia, Member of the International UNESCO Bioethics Committee.
Clarence E. Pearson, MPH, Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for Health Education (NCHE).
Thomas Pogge, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science at Yale University and Research Director at the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature at the University of Oslo, Norway is currently Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the Australian National University.
Ellen Zaroff, President and the founder of Forix Foundation, President of FridayZaroff, Inc. a company which builds in Search Engine Optimisation and Information Architecture; she studied at Vassar College, New York University and obtained a MCS/IS from Pace University.
STUDENT INTERNS, SPRING 2014
Juan Duran is a graduate of Fordham University where he received a B.A. in Natural Science. He is currently a medical student at Weill Cornell Medical College. Before starting medical school, he was a 2012-2013 Fulbright Research Fellow in Madrid doing Traumatic Brain Injury research and he functioned as a researcher at the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs where he developed an interest in Global Health and Humanitarian issues. His ultimate goal is to pursue a career in Neurology. He is currently a visiting researcher at the Global Bioethics Initiative in New York City.
Julie Killian completed her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology, with a minor in Spanish Culture and Language at State University of New York at Purchase College. She has cross-cultural experience in education, and has studied in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia at Colegio Aleman (The German School) as well as at the University of Barcelona. Julie also received a fellowship on the behalf of the Government of Spain to teach English at a public high school(IES Garcia Morato) in Madrid, Spain from 2011-12. Her experiences at home and abroad have collectively inspired a strong interest in the values of health in contemporary culture. She is interested in cross-cultural applications of healing methods and health philosophies, as well as pursing a Master’s Degree in Medical Anthropology.
Kayla Santos is a senior at Manhattanville College, majoring in Biology with a minor in Sociology. Her interests include infectious disease, virology, immunology and epidemiology. She is currently conducting research at Manhattanville on the effects of mango supplements on the health, vitality and reproduction of the American chameleon, Anolis carolinensis. After graduating she hopes to gain experience in a laboratory and peruse an MD-PhD.
Kaitlyn received her B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. She is currently pursuing a M.A. of Philosophy at Columbia University, where she focuses on political theory, ethical philosophy, jurisprudence, and applied ethics. Her interests lie at the cross-section of law and practical ethical problems; specifically, how such ethical problems might be eliminated or alleviated through effective policy crafting or by other legal mechanisms. She also likes to ski.
Caroline Song graduated from Saint Louis University in 2011 with a degree in Biology and a minor in Theology. She is currently attending New York University where she is pursuing her Master’s in Bioethics, which she will complete in May of 2014. Her interests are primarily within healthcare ethics and she is currently researching the ethics of organ transplantation in the cognitively impaired. Caroline hopes to continue on in a career in medicine.
STUDENT INTERNS, SUMMER 2013
Jonathan Amdur is a sophomore at Boston College, majoring in Mathematics with a minor in Faith, Peace, and Justice Studies concentrating in medical ethics. His interest in bioethics comes from his freshman seminar and Catholic morality classes he has taken that discussed topics in bioethics such as public health, end of life care, and patient rights. In the fall he will be volunteering at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. Jonathan is currently completing his pre-medical requirements in order to go into a career in medicine.
Emma Biegacki is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Public Health (Health & Societies), with a minor in Medical Anthropology. Interests include medical social work, application methods in narrative medicine, culture and medical stigma, international development in public health, cultural sensitivity in medical training, and human rights in healthcare. Emma currently serves as Co-Director of Communications for GlobeMed@Penn and Editor in Chief of “Dreams in Development,” the blog for critical writing in International Development of PennSID, for which she also writes on Global Health development.
Taylor is a junior at Georgetown University, majoring in Philosophy and Government. He has previously worked with the Secular Coalition for America and is currently a researcher on the Georgetown debate team. He hopes to pursue philosophy in graduate school. He is currently developing a thesis discussing the relationship between ethical thinking and global knowledge practices for Georgetown’s Social and Political Thought program.
Alana Deluty is a junior at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. A Philosophy major, she is interested in bioethics, specifically neuroethics and cognitive liberties. At Wooster, she has researched the relationship between memory alteration and identity, and will spend next year studying health care ethics in India and Argentina. Alana would like to pursue a career in the healthcare industry, possibly working for a government organization or an ethics committee.
Louisa Howard is a senior at the University of Virginia, majoring in Art History with a minor in Bioethics. She is taking her pre-med requirements in hopes of attending medical school. Louisa is a program director for the UVA hospital volunteer services program, where she oversees student volunteers as well as shadows and assists medical professionals in the ICU. After interning at a Fertility Center last summer, Louisa has become passionate about the ethical issues facing healthcare, especially in the field of Reproductive Medicine. Louisa would like to pursue a career in Women’s Health with a focus on Reproductive Ethics.
Etan Kuperberg is currently an M.A. candidate, studying Bioethics at NYU. He is writing his Master’s Thesis on the topic of value conflicts in clinical settings. He started working at GBI in January 2013, helping to organize the GBI’s launch event, “Crimes of 21st Century: Organ trafficking, Global Health, and Security.” His primary interests include meta-ethics and bioethics. He intends to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Applied Ethics with a focus on Bioethics.
Oana Adriana Lita
Oana is a student in the Department of Political Science, specializing in International Relations, at The National School of Political Science and Public Administration (Romanian: Şcoala Naţională de Studii Politice şi Administrative din Bucureşti, SNSPA) which is a public University in Bucharest, Romania. Oana volunteered for the National Anti-Drug Association (NAA) which works to ensure national coordination in fighting against illicit drug trafficking and consumption among young people. She is interested in organized crime, especially human and drug trafficking.
Connor McCleskey is a junior at Oberlin College, majoring in Philosophy and Cognitive Studies. His interest in bioethics stems from his studies in neuroscience and contemporary philosophy. He is an editor of The Synapse, the Oberlin College science magazine, and served as a research assistant in Oberlin’s Psychology Department. In addition, he also serves as a member of the Oberlin College Student Health and Counseling Center’s Student Support Team, working to increase the visibility and availability of mental health resources on campus. He is currently completing his pre-med requirements and hopes to pursue a career in medicine.
Originally from Australia and having grown up in Malaysia, Pria Narsiman is a junior at Columbia University in the City of New York double majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior and French and Francophone Studies. Her interests include international development in public health, neuroethics and the psychology of culture. Pria is currently a research assistant at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt hospital and serves on the executive boards of the Southeast Asian League and Journal of Global Health at Columbia.
STUDENT INTERNS, 2013-2011
Sebastian Agredo graduated from Boston College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a minor in German Studies. His interest in bioethics stems from a course on the Philosophy of Health Sciences that he took at Boston College, and he joined GBI in the summer of 2012 to further explore this growing field. His time with GBI has provided him with a firm understanding of key ethical and medical issues that arise out of the disparities in policy and health care that exist throughout the world. Beginning in Fall 2013, Sebastian will attend Columbia University and pursue his Master of Science degree in Bioethics.
Brian graduated from State University of New York, New Paltz in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Relations and in History. He joined the Global Bioethics Initiative in the winter of 2012. He joined GBI because of his interest in global health issues that disproportionately affect the developing world. Brian is now attending graduate school for a Master’s of Arts in International Development with a concentration in non-profit management.
Originally from Honduras, Alejandra Garcia received her B.S in Electrical Engineering at the City College of New York on 2011. She is currently enrolled an M.S. program in Electrical Engineering at the City College of New York. She has been an intern for Global Bioethics Initiative since July 2012 and besides engineering she is interested in global health, bioethics and public policy. She is involved in an ongoing project on Global Bioethics and Health Network. She is fluent in Spanish and English.
Csaba Bardossy studied medicine at Semmelweis University of Budapest, Hungary. Currently he is a law student at Pazmany Peter Catholic University, starting his fourth year. After graduation he intends to specialize in biotechnology patent law. He was also a participant of Summer Institute 2012 of Yale University giving presentation on comparative research on biotechnology and international intellectual property rights and patent issues. Csaba Bardossy is involved in our ongoing project on Global Policies in Organ Transplantation. He has also lived and worked in UK and Washington, DC.
Katarina joined GBI in November 2012. She graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Dallas in May 2012. She is currently attending New York University and pursuing her M.A. in Bioethics. She will complete this degree by July 2013 and will be starting law school in August 2013. Her interests include genetic technologies, fertility ethics, organ transplantation, death/dying issues and health law. Her interests also include differences in health policy in different countries, especially the comparison between Canada and the USA, as she is a Canadian citizen.
STUDENT INTERNS, 2011 – 2009
Jason P. Lott, M.D., M.S.H.P.
Jason Lott is a dermatology resident at Yale University Medical Center and a visiting researcher on a volunteer basis for the new Initiative. He is a former Marshall Scholar at Oxford University and a Gamble Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His research interests include clinical ethics, health policy-making, and health economics. He has most recently worked as an intern researcher in the Evidence and Information for Policy Unit of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.
Amir Tarsha is a visiting researcher at The Global Bioethics Initiative. He graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. is Psychology and an Honors Degree in Liberal Arts. He is currently enrolled in the Union Graduate College-Mount Sinai School of Medicine Clinical Bioethics Program and plans to receive his M.S. degree next year. His ultimate goal is a career in health care, either as a physician or medical consultant. He is in the process of applying to MD/MPH programs.
Mark Ho, B.A.
Mark Ho completed his B.A. in Philosophy with a Certificate in the Program in the Applications of Computers at Princeton University. A native of New York City, Mark has experience researching at the Columbia University Bioinformatics Center, where he worked on an independent research project developing subcellular nuclear localization signal (sNLS) recognition software and strategies, technology vital to the development of novel drugs. Additionally, he has worked at several NGOs specializing in the fields of health education in developing countries and women’s legal rights in New York City. Having spent the past year in England studying in the Oxford-Princeton Physics and Philosophy Exchange Program, he is currently a visiting researcher for the Global Bioethics Initiative in New York City. Mark has a continually growing interest in the development of biotechnology and the ethical issues posed by such advances to society.
Shauna Nep, B.A.
Shauna Nep received her B.A. in the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of British Columbia. She has a M.A. in Bioethics at New York University and a visiting researcher for the Global Bioethics Initiative. Shauna is also a graduate research assistant at the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Applied Ethics where she works on methods to support the ethical analysis of issues in biotechnology and genomics in the public sphere- particularly the method of deliberative engagement. Her research and analysis on understanding public perspectives and values related to genetically modified salmon was presented at “Fishing and Farming Marine Iconic Species in the Genomics Era” in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. Shauna’s research interests include ethical issues in public health policy, particularly to do with the connection between the public health and food policies.
Christopher Chau, B.A.
Christopher Chau received his B.A. in Behavioral Neuroscience Psychology at Yale University. Originally from Australia, he is currently a visiting researcher for the Global Bioethics Initiative and plans on going to law school to concentrate in Bioethics & Public Health Law. Christopher also has experience with research in the fields of biotechnology and environmental studies at the University of Montana and Yale, respectively. In Bozeman, he developed an independent research project on the inaZ gene and ice-nucleating bacteria as a method to tackle environmental issues like rain seeding and the melting polar ice caps while the Yale Environmental Fellowship for Study and Research allowed him to study the “Environmental Sources of Carbon Monoxide and the Neurological Effects of Chronic Exposure in an Urban Setting” in Shenzhen, China.
Wen-Yu Weng, Mahidol University, Thailand
Wen-Yu Weng is finishing her B.Sc. in Biomedical Science from Mahidol University. She has a special interest in studying in Bioethics – namely research ethics and global bioethics – and medical diplomacy. She was also educated at the ASEAN Institute of Health and Development and took courses and training with various institutions and NGOs in topics such as human rights education, social innovation and entrepreneurship, youth activism, and health and socio-economic development in rural communities of Thailand. Wen-Yu came to the U.S. as a summer intern in Columbia University, under Dr. John Loike, and also as a visiting researcher at the Global Bioethics Initiative.
Tabir Akhtar, B.A. in Philosophy, Brooklyn College
Luke Appignani, B.A, Georgetown University
Marianne Goddard, Literature and Philosophy, McGill University
Blake Goodman, Senior, Herricks High School
Karthik Sonty, B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies, Colby College
Nazia Nayeem, Senior, Herricks High School