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Founded in 2011 by Ana Lita, Ph.D. and Charles Debrovner, M.D., Global Bioethics Initiative (GBI) is headquartered in New York City and is an international non-governmental charitable organization with a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.


Ana Lita

Charles H. Debrovner

New York University












Charles Debrovner, M.D., President.

Bruce Elliot Gelb, M.D., F.A.C.S., Assistant Professor, NYU Langone Medical Center, School of Medicine and Director of Renal Transplantation, Department of Transplant Surgery, New York, NY.

Marin Gillis, Ph.D., Ph.L., Professor and Chief, Division of Ethics, Humanities, & the Arts, Department of Medicine, Family Medicine, & Community Health, Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University, Miami, FL.

Shirin Karsan, M.B.E., Special Projects Manager, School of Biomedical Engineering Science and Health Systems, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.

Inmaculada de Melo-Martín, Ph.D. Professor of Medical Ethics in Medicine and Professor of Medical Ethics in Reproductive Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine.

Jay Seaver, C.P.A., Founding Partner of Seaver & Forck, CPAs, Jefferson, MO.

Nina B.L. Urban, M.D., Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychiatry, New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY.

Beverly Winikoff, M.D., M.P.H., President, Gynuity Health Projects and Professor, Clinical Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, NY.

Elizabeth Yuko, Ph.D LL.M, Program Administrator, Fordham HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute;  Senior Editor, Ethics and Society Blog.


Fern Beckman, M.B.E., M.A., Bioethicist and Institutional Review Board Member, New York, NY.

Art Caplan, Ph.D., Honorary Member. The Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and Head, Division of Bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center; Founding Director, Division of Medical Ethics at the Department of Population Health at NYU, New York, NY.

Sharon Douglas, Board Secretary, The Anne Frank Center USA

Daniel Dragomir, Electrical Engineer, Laguardia Community College, Mount Vernon, New York.

Marion D.S. Dreyfus, M.B.A., M.F.A., Journalist, New York, NY.

Mia Farrow, Actress, humanitarian and Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, New York, NY.

Kenneth W. Goodman, Ph.D., FACMI. Professor of Medicine and founder and director of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy and co-director of the university’s Ethics Programs, University of Miami.

Beatrice Godard, Ph.D., Professor, University of Montréal, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Montréal, PQ. Canada.

Phillip W. Henderson, President, Surdna Foundation, New York City, NY.

James Hughes, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, Willington, CT.

Sheldon Krimsky, Ph.D., Lenore Stern Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Department of Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning in the School of Arts & Sciences and Adjunct Professor in Public Health and Community Medicine in the School of Medicine at Tufts University.

Rachel Mayanja, LL.M., Former United Nations Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, New York, NY.

Eric M. Meslin, Ph.D., Founding Director of the Indiana University Center for Bioethics; Associate Dean for Bioethics in the Indiana University School of Medicine; Professor of Medicine, of Medical & Molecular Genetics, of Bioethics and Law, and of Philosophy.

Jonathan Moreno, Ph.D., David and Lyn Silfen University Professor of Ethics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania;  Member of the International UNESCO Bioethics Committee, Philadelphia, PA.

Clarence Pearson, M.P.H., Founding President and C.E.O., National Center for Health Education; Member, Institute of Medicine; Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine.

Thomas Pogge, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science at Yale University; Professor of Philosophy and Global Justice, The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London, London, UK.

Lloyd E. Ratner, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., Chair, Board of Directors, New York Organ Donor Network; Director of Renal & Pancreatic Transplantation, Columbia University/New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY.

Udo Schuklenk, Ph.D., Professor of Bioethics, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON. Canada.

Mary Simmerling, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Public Health in the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY.

Peter Singer, Ph.D., Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

Anthony Vernillo, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.B.E., Professor, New York University College of Dentistry and Board of Directors Emeritus of Miracle Corners of the World, New York, NY.

Lazar Vlasceanu, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology at The University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania.

Miryam Z. Wahrman, Ph.D., Professor of Biology at William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ.

Michael D, West, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, BioTime, Inc. (NYSE AMEX: BTIM) and Embryome Sciences, Inc., Alameda, California

Ellen Zaroff, M.C.S. (I.S.), President and Founder of Forix Foundation; President of FridayZaroff, Inc, New York, NY.



Screen-Shot-2015-10-10-at-1.48.08-PM-115x150Farzana Paleker, MS

Farzana is currently doing research towards a Master of Science in Bioethics and Health Law focusing on the concept of dignity in philosophy and bioethics and its impact on morality and law concerning euthanasia in South Africa. She has been practicing dentistry since graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Dentistry from the University of Stellenbosch in 2002. She has a diploma in Dental Public Health and is in the final stages of completing two Masters programs concurrently: one in Odontology at the University of Pretoria and the other in Bioethics and Health Law at the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics at the University of the Witwatersrand.

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Kaitlyn received her BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. She earned a Master’s degree in Philosophy at Columbia University, where she focused on political philosophy, ethical philosophy, epistemology, jurisprudence, and the philosophy of gender and race. She is currently pursuing a JD at the NYU School of Law. Her interests lie at the cross-section of law and 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.


SAM_1172Ellen Arkfeld, BA

Ellen Arkfeld is a senior at Sarah Lawrence College, where she focuses on biology, psychology and philosophy. During her undergraduate years, she complemented her studies with volunteer work in clinical and research settings. She became interested in the field of bioethics after studying philosophy, epistemology and the history of medicine during a year at Oxford University. Through bioethics, she hopes to merge her focus on psychology and biology with her passion for philosophy. She is particularly interested in the ethical issues surrounding the growth of medical technologies and the structure of healthcare organizations.

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Princess graduated from Fordham University with a B.S. in General Science in 2015. She is completing her Master’s degree in Ethics and Society from Fordham University, as well, with a focus on Biomedical Ethics. As an undergraduate, Princess conducted biotechnological research, where she designed and synthesized novel substitutes (usually plant-based nano-materials) to aid in drug delivery to cancerous tumors and act as antimicrobials and photocatalysts, to name a few. Her interests in biomedical ethics are linked to her next goal of attending medical school.

IMG_0637Maria Coluccio, MA

Maria is a graduate of Fordham University Lincoln Center with a B.A. in English on the premedical track. She is currently completing her Master’s degree at Fordham in the Ethics and Society program. After graduation, she hopes to continue her ethics education by pursuing a joint MD/PhD program in bioethics. She is also a graduate assistant at Fordham University’s Institutional Review Board and a research assistant at Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry. Most of her coursework and research experience is in research and medical ethics. Her current interests are ethical research practices involving vulnerable populations in health-related research.

IMG_8399Rimah Jaber, MA

Rimah Jaber received her BS from John Carroll University in 2015 in Biology with minors in Spanish and Women’s & Gender Studies. She is currently working toward a Master’s degree in Ethics & Society at Fordham University focusing in bioethics. During her undergraduate career, she worked with organizations such as Middle Eastern Student Association and Cleveland Peace Action engaging in discourse and social action for human rights and international justice. Her interests include a range of ethical issues surrounding women’s health and advancements in biotechnology, as well as those issues aligning with human rights. Rimah plans on pursuing a PhD in bioethics to ultimately work in research and clinical ethics.

Screen Shot 2015-10-10 at 1.45.12 PMKristina Jacobsson

Kristina Jacobsson is a senior at Trinity High School in Manhattan. She will begin at Harvard College this fall. Her academic interests include human biology, and the Classics. She is proficient in Spanish, and she has traveled to Ecuador and The Galapagos Islands to learn about environmental ethics. Kristina has a deep interest in bioethics and specifically in the ethics of human experimentation in creating the Polio vaccine. As an undergraduate student, Kristina plans to pursue her interest in bioethics, and she hopes to ultimately go to medical school.


FullSizeRenderTrisha Khanna, BS

Trisha is currently attending New York University and plans to graduate in May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in French and Linguistics and a minor in Art History. Her studies focus on the cultural evolution of language and its impact on society. Trisha is an engaged member of her campus community, involved in the organization of various leadership programs. She has worked in a diverse number of research posts in the fields of marketing, social work and linguistics. Growing up in Dubai, she was exposed to an extremely multicultural environment which fostered her love for travel, community outreach, international relations and foreign languages.

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Julia graduated from New York University in 2011 with a BA in Medical Humanities. She joined the NYU Fertility Center as a Clinical Research Associate and Coordinator where she studied early embryo development. In 2013 she became an undergraduate Adjunct Instructor teaching Human Reproduction and a reproductive biology Research Fellow investigating ezrin and estrogen receptor expression in cervical carcinogenesis. Julia is an active member of the epilepsy research community taking on leadership roles in both the NYU Finding A Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures (FACES) non-profit and the North American Twenty-20s Epilepsy Awareness Group. Julia volunteered in Nepal in April 2015 as a women’s education and empowerment advocate. She is excited to start medical school in August 2016.

DASIHadas Richardson 

Hadas Richardson currently attends Fordham University and is set to graduate in 2018. She is majoring in psychology and minoring in philosophy and bioethics. Last summer Hadas spent a month studying in Granada, Spain with some of her colleagues at Fordham. She also worked as a legal assistant at the Kraus Flaming, LLC in Chicago. Hadas is currently training to become an Emergency Medical Technician of Fordham University Emergency Medical Services. Hadas is currently a member of Fordham’s Pre-Law Society, Autism Speaks-U and Active Minds.

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Alexis Vaujany received his bachelor’s degree from Montpellier Faculty of Law, France with a major in private law. He received his primary first-year master’s degree  in International Law in Lyon, France and secondary first-year master’s degree in European Law in Lund, Sweden. Alexis is currently working on his last Master’s International and Humanitarian Health Law in Montpellier, France with interests in Bioethics, Medical Law and Humanitarian Law. He became interested in bioethics during his time in Ottawa, Canada as an exchange student while attending a course on Law, Medicine and Biology.


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Bobby Thomas graduated from Queens College, City University of New York in June 2014 with a B.A. in Neuroscience & Biology and a B.A. in English. As an undergrad he volunteered at local hospitals including North Shore LIJ and Winthrop University Hospital and worked at Newsday, a local newspaper company in Long Island. Afterwards, he completed the Bioethics Program at Union Graduate College and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai earning a Master’s of Science degree in Bioethics Policy Specialization within one year. He is interested in public policy and bioethics.



Nicole Fenghea, BS

After completing high school in the United States, Nicole decided to continue her university studies abroad in England at City University London. This opportunity has allowed her to expand her field of view and helped her understand and analyze problems from a long term worldwide perspective. From an early age she acquired a profound fascination towards the mechanisms of life. As she got older she became aware of the impact that medical advances have on our society. Her longing to contribute to the advancement of healthcare, kindled her interest in medical advances and in biomedical engineering. Her interests and focus are based on new medical advances such as DNA Nanotechnology, Stem Cell bioengineering and cellular therapies. Nicole’s own scientific belief relies on the theory that humanity will always depend on medical advances to treat health problems.

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Agata Ferretti, MA

Agata Ferretti is currently pursuing her M.A. in Moral Philosophy at Università degli Studi of Milan, focusing on bioethics and neuroethics. Her master’s thesis will most likely focus on the relation between enhancement and the post-human. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in June 2014 with a B.A. in Moral Philosophy with a thesis titled “Free Will and Responsibility: Neuroscientific discoveries challenge the freedom of the will and moral responsibility”. Agata will start an exchange program at KU Leuven, Belgium, in Fall 2015, attending courses in the Erasmus Mundus Master of Bioethics. She attended bioethics courses at Helsinki University and participated in a series of conferences at Zurich University Winter School on Human Enhancement. She hopes to pursue with a PhD in Neuroethics and find a career that can integrate her interests in philosophy, neuroscience and biotechnologies, and health policy.


Jessica Haushalter, BS

Jessica Haushalter graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Ohio State University in May 2015 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Psychology. She graduated with Research Distinction in Psychology for completing her research thesis titled Cognitive Distortions and Antisocial Behavior Among Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury. Jessica will start law school at Vanderbilt University in Fall 2015 and hopes to find a career that integrates law, neuroscience, and psychology. While in undergrad, she worked in two research labs, one focused on Traumatic Brain Injury and the other focused on Social Neuro-Chemistry. She has interned with the United States Postal Inspection Service, a Physical Rehabilitation Center, and the law firm Thompson, Dunlap & Heydinger, Ltd.

yasminYasmine Karma, BA

Yasmine Karma graduated magna cum laude from Binghamton University in May, 2015 with a B.A. in Cell and Molecular Biology. She was born and raised in Queens, NY, to which she owes her familiarity and deep appreciation of the diversity of people. Her academic career includes experience as an undergraduate researcher conducting biostatistical analyses and as an undergraduate teaching assistant in an introductory biology lab. Yasmine plans on marrying her two passions in science research and socioeconomics by pursuing a graduate degree in epidemiology in order to enter the public health field, where unanswered questions in immunology and sociology merit equal importance.


Grace Kim, BS/MS

Grace Kim is a concurrent undergraduate and graduate student at Arizona State University. She is majoring in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Biology & Society, and she is in the MS Biology and Society program focusing on Bioethics, Law, and Policy. Her honors thesis focuses on evaluating sexual health education and if sexual wellness programs affect future sexual behavior attitudes of university students. Grace originally wanted to become a physician with an interest in gynecology. However, after taking a medical humanities course in her final year of her undergraduate career, she switched focuses and is now interested in pursuing a career focusing on science policy, science communications, and public health in order to bridge the gap between science and the public. Her research interests are primarily in women’s health, sexual health, and understanding the intersection between technology and health privacy.


Eija Lindroos, BA

Eija Lindroos is currently finishing her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Turku in Finland. She is majoring in Philosophy and with minors in Political Science and Sociology, she specializes on issues concerning ethics, society and biomedicine. Before coming to New York she attended Maastricht University and studied their “Cultures of Knowledge and Technology”-module which inspired her to study further the relation between technology and our value systems. She has also interned at I.S.E.O Institute in Italy which is a non-profit organization that promotes analysis and discussion about the world economy. Her interest thus lie in the challenges society, development, medicine and the conceptions we have about ourselves have to face as the development on biotechnology advances.


Syra Mehdi

Syra Mehdi is a junior at Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA. Syra’s interest in the field of science and philosophy began with Human Genomics at Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth’s Bioengineering course at Roger Williams College in 2012. Syra created ‘Today in Science’ for East Bridgewater Community Television where she hosts, produces and edits scientific content featuring research. She has actively created episodes featuring Global Bioethics Summer School’s program. Forming the Nobles Philosophy Club, Syra and her team competed in the Boston Ethics Bowl this year. Her acceptance into the dual enrollment program in Massachusetts allows her to complete college courses in the field of philosophy, ethics and biology. Syra has performed the lead role in 8 musicals, a national commercial spot produced by the Farrelly Brothers for the NHL, and many solo performances. Syra co-wrote, recorded and performed for PTV World the ‘Unity Song’ in Pakistan which was nominated for the first round of the 2014 GRAMMY Awards.


Andrew Scherffius, BA

Andrew Scherffius is a junior, philosophy major at Colorado College. He is originally from Bozeman, Montana, where he competed on a debate team and advanced to the “Sweet-16” round of the International Public Policy Forum debate competition. Outside of school, he volunteers with two organizations: a tutoring community for middle schoolers and a garden for public school students. His research interests include the philosophy of aesthetics, pre-Socratic Greek philosophy, and understanding the bioethical issues of organ transplantation. He is proficient in Spanish and is learning French.


Remy Servis, BA

Remy Servis is a rising senior at Washington University in St. Louis, studying Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology with a minor in Writing. More specifically, Remy’s studies are focused within the field of cognitive neuroscience, which are enhanced by her job during the school year working as an undergraduate research assistant in Washington University’s Cognitive Control and Psychopathology Lab. She is also passionate about fiction and poetry writing which she further developed last summer, attending the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop for Fiction and interning at the Bellevue Literary Review in Manhattan. In Spring 2015, she studied abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland, taking classes in Psychology and Philosophy.


Waikei Tong, BS

Waikei Tong is a junior at New York University majoring in Biology and minoring in Philosophy and Chemistry. She is currently on the pre-med track and hopes to pursue medical school to ultimately become a cosmetic dermatologist. She first became interested in bioethics by taking a medical ethics course; since then, she has been fascinated by organ transplantation policies as well as in ethics behind vitro fertilization (IVF) techniques. Other than bioethics research, she has also conducted extensive research in DNA nanotechnology as a part of the Chemistry department at NYU. Waikei is fluent in Chinese (bothMandarin and Cantonese), and is planning on learning Spanish.


Stana Turney

Stana Turney is a senior at Rye High School and following at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. Her interests include studying biology and marketing. She has attended the Entrepreneurial Business course at the Technion University in Israel last summer. She has volunteered at an orphanage and at Crece Camp for disabled children in Colima, Mexico. She is fluent in Romanian and proficient in Spanish and Hebrew.



RoseRose Bowen, MA

Rose Bowen is currently pursing her MA in Bioethics at New York University in the Environmental Ethics track. She graduated from NYU in May of 2014 with a BA in Global Liberal Studies and minors in Anthropology, Spanish and Environmental Studies. Her academic interests include population and environmental health, climate justice, and food security. Her master’s thesis will most likely explore climate change from a population and family planning perspective. Rose is fluent in Spanish and spent her junior year studying in Madrid, Spain. Her undergraduate honors thesis title was Spanish Youth: The Effects of Austerity and Weathering the Euro Crisis. A native of the Twin Cities, she is now enjoying being a Brooklyn transplant.

photo 5Maullika Dua, M.P.H. Candidate

Maullika Dua is a Master of Public Health candidate at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai concentrating in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. She graduated from the University of Buffalo with a B.A. in Chemistry. Currently, Maullika works as a Child Life intern at The Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai, implementing service improvement plans for pediatric patients. As part of the Partnership for a Healthier Manhattan at Mount Sinai, Maullika coordinated food retail interventions with East Harlem grocers to promote healthy eating habits. She has also volunteered with the Department of Emergency Medicine’s C.A.R.E. program at Mount Sinai, where she focused on improving geriatric patient care. Maullika is interested in working with underserved populations as well as using research and policy to promote public health.


Kaitlyn Schaeffer, M.A.

Kaitlyn received her BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. She earned a Master’s degree in Philosophy at Columbia University, where she focused on political philosophy, ethical philosophy, epistemology, jurisprudence, and the philosophy of gender and race. She is currently pursuing a JD at the NYU School of Law. Her interests lie at the cross-section of law and 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, M.A., M.D. Candidate

Caroline Song graduated from Saint Louis University in 2011 with a degree in Biology and a minor in Theology. She later went on to obtain an M.A. degree in Bioethics from New York University in 2014. Her interests were primarily focused on healthcare ethics with a heavy emphasis on the ethics of organ transplantation in disadvantaged populations. Her thesis pursued the question of what role efficacy, futility, and compliance can play in debating the transplantation of organs in cognitively impaired individuals. In the spring of 2014, Caroline was able to present her research in the academic Threesis competition hosted by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at New York University. She placed among the top twelve finalists. Currently, Caroline is pursuing a degree in medicine and hopes to integrate her work in Bioethics to create sustainable and ethical models of healthcare in rural areas both abroad and within the United States.


Picture 9Michael Lausberg

Michael received his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy in 2014 at the Munich School of Philosophy. His undergraduate thesis explored the work of Heidegger and Wittgenstein. He has worked as a development assistance intern in Jamaica and Mexico; through this work he has gained experience in the fields of education, event management, psychology, and psychiatry. His love of traveling has led him to explore South America, Australia, India, and most of Europe. He is fluent in German, English, and Spanish, and is working on learning Russian. He plans to begin a Master’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in the fall.

Picture 17Richard Balagtas

Richard is a junior at Boston College double majoring in Philosophy and Political Science; his academic interests include applied ethics, international law, and human rights. He became interested in bioethics during his freshman year. This interest led him to write and publish a paper in Boston College’s undergraduate research journal Elements entitled “Death: A Conversation – The Moral and Legal Complexities of Assisted Suicide.” Since then, Richard has written papers on bioethics from the perspective of Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. Richard recently studied abroad in Kuwait, researching the growth and development of Islam and how the religion is interpreted in other parts of the world. In the future, Richard hopes to attend law school to pursue a JD/MPH so he can work as a health care lawyer or policy writer.



Josephine Adebukola Awosogba, M.A

Josephine Adebukola Awosogba studied Philosophy and Bioethics at the University of Virginia.  She went on to complete an MA in Clinical and Environmental Ethics at New York University.  During her graduate years, Bukky explored bioethical issues surrounding health law and research ethics which culminated in an internship at the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues in Washington, DC.  In 2012, Bukky joined the Department of Immunology Allergy and Rheumatology Section of Clinical Sciences at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.  Knowledge of research ethics informed crucial aspects her work as a research associate including patient recruitment, trial maintenance, and study design. Bukky continues to work as a Clinical Research Associate in New York City as she prepares to pursue a PhD in Bioethics and Health policy in the coming year.

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Tanya Naiken is a graduate of St. John’s University with an M.A. in International Relations and Government Administration. Tanya’s commitment to impoverished and underserved populations led her to work for the United Nations and associated NGO’s including, the US Fund for UNICEF and the United Nations Association of the US (UNA-USA), a program of the United Nations Foundation. Her current research interest include reproductive rights of women and girls in the Global South.

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Andrew Rock is a graduate student in Bioethics at Columbia University. As an undergraduate Philosophy major, his primary interests included analytic philosophy, logic and contemporary metaphysics. Further into his undergraduate studies he developed a strong interest in ethics, particularly topics of meta-ethics in relation to biomedical issues. He holds his B.A. from Boston University and has also pursued coursework in political science at Harvard University.

Screen-shot-2014-06-23-at-4.00.15-PMAbrigul Akbarshoevna, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Abrigul Lutfalieva Akbarshoevna received her Master in Bioethics from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She was a pioneer student awarded the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health(NIH) scholarship from Tajikistan. Abrigul has conducted training on Bioethics in Central Asia at Tajik Academy of Sciences, Avicenna Tajik Medical University in Tajikistan and at Deutsch-Kasachische Universität of Kazakhstan. Moreover, she is serving as Editorial Assistant for the first e-journal on Bioethics in Tajikistan. Currently, Abrigul is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at Freie Universität Berlin, analyzing the global issues of the sustainability of water supply and sanitation in rural areas.


Evangelia Lea Lazaris, M.S.

Evangelia Lazaris grew up in Los Angeles, CA. She is a graduate of Columbia University in New York with a MS in Narrative Medicine.  She also holds a BS in Exercise Biology and a BA in French Literature and Language from UC Davis. During her undergraduate career, she studied French History and Literature at Université Bordeaux III. Her research experience includes DNA repair research using Saccharomyces cerevisiae to determine the role of certain polymerases in Double Strand DNA Break Repair; approaches to drug design strategies using the yeast model system to mimic various pathogens that attach to cells via mannose and mannose receptors; chin and malar implants, fine line dermal fillers, liposuction machines, lidocaine use in European Dermal Fillers; and exercise stress tests and pulmonary function in children who had received lung irradiation. Her honors thesis, entitled Le Siècle des Lumières—La Revolution Scientifique et Philosophique focused on the integration of sciences and morality. Since her interests include theory of the human encounter as it relates to patient, physician and caregiving narratives, Evangelia designed and taught Narrative Medicine workshops for inner-city eighth graders connected medicine and the arts and introducing them to the world of medicine. She is fluent in Greek and French.


Marc Beuttler, M.A.

Marc Beuttler graduated from Tulane University in 2012 with a degree in Spanish. He graduated form New York University, Bioethics Program with an M.A. degree in 2014. His interests are broad, including neuroethics, transhumanism,clinical and reproductive ethic. Marc will be starting medical school next fall at LSU New Orleans.




Amy Xia

Amy Xia is a sophomore at Columbia College (’17) studying Biology and following a pre-med track. She has extensive scientific research experience, working on topics including HIV RNA and drug interactions, genome sequencing of bacteria, and surface metal alloy characterization. She conducted translational immunology research at the Columbia University Medical Center, focusing on influenza resident memory T-cells. She has participated in programs that bring scientific and medical education to elementary schools near Columbia University.

Picture 1Zoe Siegel

Zoe Siegel is a sophomore at NYU studying Global Public Health and Applied Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She hopes to work as an advocate for women’s reproductive rights in the legal or non-profit sectors upon graduation. This past summer she spent time in Tanzania advocating for NAFGEM, The Network Against Female Genital Mutilation. Her interests include humanitarian issues, women’s issues and human trafficking.

Saara Akhtar Saara

Saara Akhtar is an undergraduate student in Philosophy at King’s College London. She has taken courses in Bioethics at University College London and Birkbeck University. This summer, Saara attended the Sherwin B. Nuland Institute for Bioethics at Yale University to carry out research for her final year dissertation. Saara won the undergraduate award at Yale, after presenting a proposal entitled “Female versus Male Genital Mutilation and the Limitations of Honoring Diversity in Medicine.” Upon returning to King’s College London in October, Saara will serve as the President for the first undergraduate Bioethics Society at the University of London. She will work as an editor for their online journal. She intends to study in a Masters program in Global Health.


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Rebecca Moore

Rebecca is a junior at Bucknell University where she is pursuing a major in Management with a concentration in sustainability and minors in Legal Studies and International Relations. During her time at Bucknell she has been involved with the Bucknell Brigade, a service-learning organization dedicated to providing sustainable relief to Nicaragua. Through her involvement with the Bucknell Brigade she has worked to develop a cervical cancer protocol to implement at the Nueva Vida Health Clinic and has been able to cultivate her passion for global health. Prior to attending Bucknell University, she served on the Junior Board of Northern Westchester Hospital where she worked on developing public health campaigns revolving around teenage public health issues. After graduation she hopes to pursue a J.D. and M.A. in bioethics.

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Cristina is a sophomore at the University of Virginia, majoring in Systems Engineering and completing her pre-med requirements. She plans on minoring in Bioethics, concentrating on the ethical decisions made during the start and very end of life. She has previously taken part in research analyzing the effect of increased screening on HIV/AIDS patients, which led her to the field of Bioethics. After interning in an Emergency Room, Cristina experienced first hand the need for ethical guidelines. Cristina intends to involve herself with the ongoing research at UVA, focusing on professionalism in healthcare and human subjects research.

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Raina is a rising senior at Columbia University where she is majoring in Biological Sciences. During her time at Columbia, she’s been extremely involved with Peer Health Exchange, a volunteer organization that sends college students to low-income high schools to teach health topics. Raina has also worked in several labs during the past few years, in topics ranging from Biochemistry to Pathology. She ultimately aspires to pursue a career in medicine with a focus on international and public health.

DSCN3198Chiru Mondo Murage

Chiru will be a junior at Harvard College concentrating in Government (International Relations) and French, with a citation in Arabic. She first became interested in bioethics after she took a class in the fall called “Bioethics: the future of human nature,” taught by Michael Sandel and Doug Melton. She is involved with the Harvard Institute of Politics and volunteers for a non-profit called Dig Deep, which works to bring clean water to rural schools in East Africa.

photo(6)Najd Alfawzan

Najd Alfawzan is  a student of the Bioethics Master Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She is interesting in medical anthropology and  did her studies regarding organ trafficking and reproductive health ethics in the Middle East. Najd graduated with a BS in clinical laboratory sciences from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She worked on a stem cell research project at King Faisal Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh. Najd is very knowledgeable in contemporary Islamic thoughts and she  has been  involved in many social activities. She established Saudi Book Clubs Organization and many other book clubs and intellectual dialogue groups in Saudi Arabia.

DSCN3246Noushaba T. Rashid

Noushaba T. Rashid graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a degree in History with a strong emphasis in microbiology and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies and Islam. She is currently a student at NYU completing her masters degree in Bioethics. Noushaba is primarily interested global bioethics issues such as organ transplantation and trafficking as well as women’s reproductive health in developing nations especially in South Asia. She wishes to further her career in the field of global health and bioethics.

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Jake Stern is a senior at Johns Hopkins University, where he is double majoring in International Studies and Philosophy. An active member in his campus community, he has founded two organizations, The Promotion of Campus Life and The New Political Society, both of which focus on fostering more political discourse on campus. His concentration in Philosophy is related to bioethical research and international awareness.


juan1Juan Duran

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.

IMG_3944 copyJulie Killian

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.

IMG_1487Kayla Santos

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.


Screen shot 2013-07-12 at 1.30.16 PMJonathan Amdur

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.

Photo on 2011-05-31 at 16.26 #3Emma Biegacki

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.

Screen shot 2013-06-10 at 11.32.42 AMTaylor Coles

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.

Screen shot 2013-06-10 at 4.32.35 PMAlana Deluty

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.


lousiapicLouisa Howard

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_KuperbergEtan Kuperberg

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.


Oane pic, 2013Oana 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 photo (2)Connor McCleskey

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.

priapic2Pria Narsiman

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.


IMAG0066-1Sebastian Agredo

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 Gabriel

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 and his interest in global trafficking networks. Brian is now attending The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University for a Master’s of Arts in International Relations with a concentration in non-profit management.


IMAG0051Alejandra Garcia

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

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.

IMAG0049Mouna Latouf

Mouna Latouf completed her B.Sc. in Honors Biology at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her thesis, “Parent-offspring communication in European starlings, Sturnus vulgaris,” is to be published with further data analysis and written work with professors Dr. Colleen Barber, Saint Mary’s University, and Dr. Jennifer Foote of Algoma University, Ontario.  Mouna’s research interests include worldwide diseases affecting humans and animals, epidemiology, immunology, and the production, cause and effect of vaccines.

Screen shot 2013-06-11 at 11.06.38 AMKatarina Lee

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, B.S., M.S. Candidate

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 HoMark 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. Christopher is  originally from Australia and he decided to go  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.

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


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