Past Students

Past Supervised Students

Satomi Abe, Oxford Uehiro/St Cross Visiting Scholar

Satomi Abe is a graduate student at Kyoto University graduate school of letters, department of ethics. She studies meta-ethics, especially “reasons” and “normativity”.Her main interests in the field of practical ethics include the issues around “death”. Her subjects are wide-ranging and diversified: “What is bad about death?”; “How we should treat human dead body?”; “Conscientious objection on euthanasia”; and “Should animal taxidermy be ethically permitted?”.

Chavy Arora, Monash University

Having completed four years of a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at Monash University in Australia, Chavy undertook a Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSci) in Bioethics at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics under Professor Julian Savulescu. Her area of research is the ethics of treatment limitations in intensive care from a distributive justice perspective. Other areas of interest include global health (specifically the sociocultural determinants of women’s health), economics, and environmental science.

Roshini Balasooriya, BMedSci Student 2019

Roshini is an undergraduate medical student who has completed the first four years of her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree at Monash University, Australia. In 2019, she is undertaking a Bachelor of Medical Science under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Douglas and Dr. Michael Dunn. Her focus is on the need for integration of psychiatric services into the approach on homelessness, exploring the ethical undertones of whether homeless persons afflicted by mental illness must comply with psychiatric support in order to receive welfare payments.  

Davide Battisti

Davide Battisti graduated with honours in Philosophy of Contemporary World at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan (Master Level) with a thesis titled “Third Decentration. Genome Editing with CRISPR/Cas9 from an Ethical Perspective” which was awarded the "Ethics and Medicine / Bioethics 2017/2018 Prize”, sponsored by the Lanza Foundation (Padua, IT). He is enrolled in the PhD program in Clinical and Experimental Medicine and Medical Humanities (Medicine and Human Sciences subsection) at the University of Insubria (Como – Varese, IT). From September to December 2019, he spent a research period at The Interfaculty Centre of Biomedical Ethics and Law (KU Leuven, BE). 
He will be visiting the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Hilary Term 2020. His doctoral project is about parental responsibility and moral obligations towards future generations in the field of the continuous development of reproductive genetic technologies. 

Claudia Brick, BMedSci Student 2018

Having completed her fourth year of medicine (MBBS) at Monash University in Australia, Claudia joined the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics to undertake her Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc). Under the supervision of Prof Roger Crisp (Oxford), Dr Guy Kahane (Oxford) and Prof Michael Selgelid (Monash), she will be undertaking research in bioethics focussing on issues surrounding wellbeing and the independent components that contribute to quality of life. This will include empirical research on how people might weight and make trade-offs with these components, for example happiness, autonomy and purpose fulfilment. 

Ella Butcherine, BMedSci Student 2019

Ella Butcherine is a final year Doctor of Medicine student at the University of Melbourne, studying the ethics of conscientious objection in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). More specifically, she is interested in whether it may be permissible for individual doctors in the NICU to object to treatment, on the grounds of best interests and/or distributive justice.

Under the tutelage of Professors Julian Savulescu and Dominic Wilkinson, she hopes to develop answers to questions of resource allocation in the public hospital system, with a view to reconciling dissenting opinions. This encompasses questions such as, whether there is a threshold of expected benefit too small to justify treatment, and if so, where might it lie? What is the difference between reasonable and unreasonable disagreement, and how should each be addressed? What might be the implications of allowing conscientious objection on secular grounds?

When she’s not reading ethics papers, Ella can be found wandering through the countryside, sneaking sugar cubes to the Port Meadow ponies, or engrossed in the novel she’s picked out this week.

James Cameron, 2019

James Cameron is a PhD student from the University of Melbourne Law School. James is conducting research on laws governing end of life decisions for children. James holds an MA in Bioethics from Monash University and a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. James has previously worked as a Senior Policy Officer at the Department of Health and Human Services developing and implementing new legislation, such as the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 and advance care planning laws.

Chris Chew, Monash University

Chris Chew is a medical student from Monash University. He joined us for around six months to work on a Neuroscience/Neuroethics project under Dr Tom Douglas and Dr Molly Crockett.

Bernadine Dao, BMedSci Student 2017

Having completed her third year of medicine at Monash University, Bernadine joined the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics to undertake her Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc). Under the supervision of Prof Julian Savulescu, Dr Thomas Douglas, Dr Alberto Giubilini and Prof Michael Selgelid, she is currently undertaking research in bioethics with particular focus on the ethical issues surrounding antimicrobial resistance.

Miruto Deguchi

Miruto Deguchi is a graduate student in Kyoto university graduate school of letters, department of ethics. His research interests include Concept of Needs (D. Wiggins) / Metaethics (Sensibility theory)/ Political Philosophy. Prior to enrolling in Kyoto University Graduate School of Letters in 2014 he studied at Kyoto University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Sociology (2008-2013) completing a Bachelor of Arts in Literature.  In 2014 he participated in "Oxford Exchange Program in Kyoto University" and joined Professor Julian Savulescu’s tutorial, and has been enrolled in "Author meets Critics" with Julian Savulescu.  In 2015 he participated in "Oxford Exchange Program in Kyoto University" where he joined Dr Guy Kahane’s tutorial and was enrolled in "Author meets Critics" with Tom Douglas.

Daniel D'Hotman, Monash University

Having completed two years of medicine at Monash University in Australia, Daniel joined the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics for around 6 months to complete his Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc) in Bioethics. He was supervised by Dr Thomas Douglas and Dr Jonathan Pugh. Daniel's area of research is the ethics of coercive treatment in infectious disease control and the prevention of criminal recidivism. His other areas of interests include economics, politics, and ethical issues surrounding addiction and the 'War on Drugs'.

Lydia di Stefano, BMedSci Student 2018

Lydia has completed four years of her Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at Monash University. This year she will be undertaking a BMedSc(Hons) at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics under the supervision of Prof Dominic Wilkinson (Oxford) and A/Prof Catherine Mills (Monash). Her research focuses on ethical decisions about medical treatment at the borderline of viability in the light of current and future technologies. As well as reproductive and neonatal ethics, Lydia is interested in women's and children's health more broadly. She one day hopes to work as a doctor in this field. 

Keyur Doolabh

Keyur Doolabh is an undergraduate studying a Bachelor of Medicine and a Diploma of Philosophy at Monash University, Australia. His main interests are animal welfare and social justice with a focus on Effective Altruism, though he also enjoys learning about philosophy, psychology, finance and programming. In 2016 he is doing research in bioethics under Professors Julian Savulescu and Dominic Wilkinson.

Joao Fabiano, DPhil Student

Joao is reading for a DPhil in philosophy at St Cross College. His research focuses on analysing possible severe long-term risks(e.g. existential risks) of moral enhancement, and thus finding out safe paths for performing it. Could there be a slippery slope effect where one small improvement in our morality would necessarily lead to many other unwanted changes? Is just one simple straightforward improvement in morality(e.g. increasing cooperation) safe? Could we create a future without moral value by performing many iterations of moral enhancement? Moreover, and to help answer those questions, he is also looking into social simulations as a way of modelling the spread of moral enhancement. Joao has done a MPhil and undergrad degree in philosophy at University of Sao Paulo and did research in 2-D semantics, cognitive enhancement, cognitive bias, trolley problems and experimental psychology.

Emily Feng-Gu, BMedSci Student 2018

Having completed her Diploma of Philosophy and four years of her Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery(Hons) at Monash University, Emily joined the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics to undertake her Bachelor of Medical Science. Working under the supervision of Professor Julian Savulescu, Dr Rebecca Brown, and Associate Professor Justin Oakley, Emily's research will focus on the roles of responsibility and privacy in healthcare. Her other interests include animal ethics, literature, and mythology.

Thomas Goodwin, BMedSci Student 2017

Having completed four years of a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at Monash University in Australia, Tom will be completing a Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc) under Professor Julian Savulescu, Professor Michael Selgelid and Dr Christopher Gyngell. Tom will be looking at the ethics behind gene editing, genetic selection and enhancement and the implications of new reproductive technologies. His other interests include economics, politics and distributive justice. 

Olivia Grimwade, BMedSci Student 2019

Olivia has just completed her fourth year of a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She joins the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics to undertake a Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc) under the supervision of Prof Julian Savulescu and Dr Alberto Giubilini (Oxford) and Prof Justin Oakleigh (Monash). The focus of her research will be the ethical issues surrounding the financial compensation of participants of controlled human infection models (CHIM). In her spare time she enjoys running, playing hockey and reading.

Yoshiyuki Hayashi, Oxford-Uehiro-St Cross Visiting Student Scholar

Mr Yoshiyuki Hayashi is a recipient of an Oxford-Uehiro-St Cross Visiting Student Scholarship. This Scholarship scheme is made possible through the generosity of the Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Education, with a view to providing opportunities for graduate students who are ordinarily resident in Japan to study at Oxford for one year as a visiting student. 

Mr Hayashi is a Ph. D student of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science in the University of Tokyo, Japan. His current research interests are problems of self, mind and consciousness. During his time at the Uehiro Centre he will focus in particular on the philosophical foundation of mind uploading.  His PhD thesis concerns the problem of fission, fusion and duplication of self. He is a member of the Philosophy of Science Society Japan, The Japan Association for Philosophy of Science, and Japan Association for the Contemporary and Applied Philosophy. He is also one of the organizers of a young philosopher’s forum in Japan.

Dean Hayden, BMedSci Student 2017

Dean Hayden is an undergraduate student completing a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He has completed a Diploma of Liberal Arts with a major in Political Science, and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc) in Bioethics at the Uehiro Centre under the supervision of Professor Dominic Wilkinson. The focus of his research will be in resource allocation for resuscitation of extremely preterm infants in low and middle-income countries. He also holds a strong interest in animal welfare and the Effective Altruism movement. 

Maximilian Kiener, DPhil Student

Maximilian is a DPhil Candidate in Philosophy, specialising in moral and legal philosophy. Before embarking on the DPhil, Maximilian completed the BPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford (two year graduate programme) and earned a BA in Philosophy and Public Law from the University of Regensburg in Germany. Maximilian is also a Europaeum Scholar working on international politics.

His current research project is entitled “Voluntariness, Consent, and Justification” and supervised by Prof John Hyman and Prof Dominic Wilkinson. It focuses on consent to medical procedures and in particular on the conditions that make consent voluntary. In addition to various aspects related to consent, Maximilian also discusses the concept of voluntariness more generally and explores its significance as a key concept in moral philosophy.

Kosuke Kiyama

Kosuke Kiyama is a doctoral student at the University of Tokyo, Japan. He has worked and published in the field of global justice, with a special focus on human rights theory and ethics of international development. His recent research focuses on the three topics: the relationship between the circumstances of the current world and the notion of human rights, ethical analyses of influential aid policies, and the analysis of post-MDG goals on reduction of world poverty.

Chie Kobayashi, Oxford Uehiro/St Cross Scholar

Chie Kobayashi is a PhD student in the department of ethics at Hokkaido University, Japan. She holds a BA from Ochanomizu University in philosophy and completed a MA in Hokkaido University. Her research concerns meta-ethics, focusing on quasi-realism and expressivism. Her interests in the field of practical ethics include the ethical issues in dual-use researches. In particular, she is interested in the debate on researchers’ responsibilities for dual-use researches.

Sarah Munday, BMedSci Student 2019

Having completed her 4th year of the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree at Monash University in Australia, Sarah has joined the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Bioethics to undertake a Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc(Hons)) in 2019. Sarah will be researching the ethical issues associated with subfertility and its treatment under the supervision of Prof Julian Savulescu and Dr Hannah Maslen (Oxford) and Prof Catherine Mills (Monash). In her spare time she enjoys running, music and art.

Tara Nair, Monash University 

Tara is a medical student from Monash University in Australia who, after her second year, undertook the Honours degree of Bachelor of Medical Science in the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics under the supervision of Professor Julian Savulescu, Dr Dominic Wilkinson and Dr Ryan Tonkens (Monash University). Her research concerned Personal Values and Health Care particularly looking at the ethics of patient choice of refusing treatment and requesting more expensive and/or less effective alternatives.

Masanori Oikawa, Oxford Uehiro/St Cross Scholar

Masanori Oikawa is a PhD student in the department of biomedical ethics at the University of Tokyo, Japan. His research concerns the ethical and social issues pertaining to biobanks, focusing on both theoretical and practical aspects of informed consent, return of results and the status of human biospecimens for research purposes. He is currently working on his thesis that will include questionnaire surveys to the stakeholders in biobanks and the general public. His further interests extend into public engagement in medical studies as well as science communication and empirical bioethics.

Takuya Okada, Oxford-Uehiro-St Cross Visiting Student Scholar

I am a PhD student in the Graduate School for Law and Politics at the University of Tokyo. I am working on Thomas Hobbes’s view on Christian religion and his use of the Bible in Leviathan in the context of the English Civil War. During my stay at the Oxford Uehiro Centre, I will investigate the possible relationship between Hobbes and radical Puritanism (enthusiasm, antinomianism, mortalism, and so on).

Virimchi Pillutla

Virimchi Pillutla recently completed his 4th year of Medicine at Monash University and is currently completing his Bachelor of Medical Science in bioethics at the Uehiro Centre. He is also studying a Diploma in Liberal Arts (Majoring in International Studies) and is eager to learn more about the intersection between medicine, ethics, economics and politics.  Virimchi’s research interests include resource allocation and efficient health systems as well as doping in sports.  He is excited to spend this year at the Uehiro Centre and experience new ways to think about health problems pervasively affecting our society.

Benjamin Pojer, Monash University

Ben joined the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics having completed four years of a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at Monash University in Australia. Ben undertook a Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSci) research project in Bioethics under the supervision of Professor Julian Savulescu and Dr Guy Kahane. Ben’s area of research was disability ethics, focusing on the role of reproductive technologies in preventing and causing disability.

Dr Hiroyuki Sato, Oxford Uehiro/St Cross Scholar

Hiroyuki Sato is a child psychiatrist in Japan and a project researcher at the University of Tokyo Center for the Biomedical Ethics and Law.  He has a BS and a MS in Engineering from Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Technology, a MD from Niigata University, and a MPH and a PhD from the University of Tokyo.  His PhD thesis was about attitudes of doctors towards disclosing Autism Spectrum Disorder to children.  His main interests are medical ethics and public health ethics.

Kate Scott, Monash University

Kate Scott is a medical student from Monash University in Australia. After completing her fourth year of medicine and also completing a major in philosophy, with personal interests in meta-ethics and philosophy of mind, she joined us for six months to complete her Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc) in Bioethics, supervised by Prof. Julian Savulescu. Her area of research was the ethics of the use of disability adjusted life years (DALYs) in deciding how scarce medical resources should be distributed, focusing on the potential for systematic discrimination against the disabled. Her primary areas of interest are disability and distributive justice.

Tsutomu Sawai, Oxford-Uehiro-St Cross Visiting Student Scholar

Tsutomu Sawai was the first recipient of the Oxford-Uehiro-St Cross Visiting Student Scholarship. This Scholarship scheme is made possible through the generosity of the Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Education, with a view to providing opportunities for graduate students who are ordinarily resident in Japan to study at Oxford for one year as a visiting student. 

Tsutomu is a Ph. D. student of Department of Human and Environmental Studies in Kyoto University, Japan. His academic fields are the history of religions and the Japanese philosophy of religion. Tsutomu is a member of the Japanese Association for Religious Studies as well as the Association of Japanese Intellectual History. The theme of his B. A. thesis in Tenri University was "Perspectives of Religion in Contemporary American Society: in regard to Robert N. Bellah's sociological theory of religion." The theme of his M. A. thesis in Kyoto University was "'Habits of the Heart' in Sekimon-Shingaku: from the phenomenological perspectives of religion". On the basis of his research of the Japanese religious thought from the historical viewpoint of religions, he made a presentation entitled "Difference of Values and Value of Differences: a reconsideration of Bellah's 'Civil Religion'" at the Uehiro Cross-Currents Philosophy Conference, held at University of Hawai'i, Manoa in 2010. Moreover, in 2011, at the tenth East-West Philosophers’ Conference in University of Hawaii at Manoam, he read his paper of a comparative research on ecological ethics in Japan and the United States. His present research interests are in an exploration of the applicability and implication of traditional Japanese values for bioethical discourses, and also in a comparative study of religious ethics in American and Japanese societies. Tsutomu’s articles include "'Habits of the Heart' in Sekimon-Shingaku: With Special Focus on Ishida Baigan's Experience of 'Self-Awakening' and His Thought".

Jack Skeggs, BMedSci Student 2017

Jack is medical student from Australia who has completed the first 3 years of his Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree and Diploma of Philosophy at Monash University before joining the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics to undertake a BMedSc(Hons) under Prof. Julian Savalescu and Dr. Guy Kahane. His focus is on the moral distinction between acts and omissions, why we intuit it and what relevance it has or should have to medical policy, in particular its implications for collective responsibility for infectious disease. His other areas of interest include Effective Altruism and existential risk.

Kanako Takae, Oxford Uehiro/St Cross Scholar

Kanako Takae is a doctoral student at University of Tokyo, Japan. 
She holds a BA from Denison University in philosophy with minor in physics, and completed a MA in University of Tokyo. She is currently working on her thesis, focusing on animal ethics. In particular, she is interested in ethical issues surrounding various forms of technological interventions on domesticated animals. 

Areti Theofilopoulou, DPhil Student

Areti is a DPhil student at St Cross College, supervised by Prof. Dominic Wilkinson and Dr Tom Sinclair. She graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with an MSc in Political Theory, where she conducted research on luck egalitarianism and genetic engineering. Prior to that, she had completed a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Warwick, where she wrote her thesis on kidney sales and political liberalism. Her DPhil research concerns the problem of exclusion that arises in Rawlsian contractualism due to the theory's account of personhood, which appeals to a threshold of reasonableness and rationality; in particular, she examines the implications of the theory for foetuses, children, future generations, unreasonable citizens, individuals with severe mental impairments, and non-human animals. Her further interests include the debate on perfectionism and anti-perfectionism, political legitimacy, moral enhancement, and the question of what we owe to children.

James Tranter

James Tranter holds a Diploma of Liberal Arts and is currently an undergraduate student of Medicine and Surgery at Monash University in Australia. His primary interests are virtue and moral culpability, and religious ethics. James entertains a wide variety of interests and is always eager to engage other researchers on their work, should they agree to tolerate his incessant questioning. In 2016, James is undertaking an examination of personal and institutional obligations in the prevention and management of Malaria and Pandemic Influenza as part of the ‘Social Responsibility and Infectious Disease’ project.

Katy Maree Wagner, Monash University

Katy Maree Wagner is an undergraduate student completing a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. In 2015 she completed a Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) during which she gained some valuable research experience at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. During her time at the centre, she focused on the ethical issues posed by the use of transcranial direct electrical stimulation for enhancement in children.

Eric Xie, BMedSci Student 2018

Eric is an undergraduate student completing a Bachelor of Medicine/ Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at Monash University, Australia. In 2018, he is undertaking a Bachelor of Medical Science supervised under Prof. Julian Savulescu, Dr. Thomas Douglas, Dr. Hazem Zohny, and A/Prof Justin Oakley. His research is focused on brain scanning and algorithms used to predict criminal behaviour, and neurointerventions for behavioural modification. His other areas of interest include rationalism and moral responsibility.

Lauren Yip, BMedSci Student 2018

Having completed her fourth year of Medicine at Monash University, Lauren joined the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics to undertake a Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc). Under the supervision of Dr Katrien Devolder and Prof Michael Selgelid, she is currently undertaking research on the ethical issues surrounding the genetic modification of animals, in particular mosquitoes to reduce the transmission of malaria.

Past Visiting Students

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Johanna Ahola-Launonen, University of Helsinki (visiting May 2014)

Johanna is a doctoral student in Social and Moral Philosophy at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She has a M.Soc.Sci in social and moral philosophy and a B.Sci in genetics. Her area of research is the conceptions of personal responsibility for health and well-being in bioethics. Her areas of interest include political philosophy, philosophical bioethics, distributive justice, and social determinants of health.

Faisal Alkhatib

Faisal is currently pursuing his postgraduate studies in philosophy and public policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he is an Emirates Foundation Scholar at the LSE Middle East Centre. His academic interests lie in contemporary moral theory and the philosophy of technology. He is currently conducting research on the prevalence of implicit bias in artificial intelligence algorithms in contexts including employment, immigration and in legal and judicial systems, and the subsequent ways in which it influences public policy. Prior to this, Faisal worked in cybersecurity policy at Microsoft’s Gulf Headquarters in the United Arab Emirates, before moving into technology policy research the Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government, where his research focused on the ethical implications of data sharing. Faisal hopes to continue to develop his research during his time at the Uehiro Centre. 

Henrik Berg

Henrik Berg is a visiting doctoral student from "The centre for the study of the sciences and the humanities" and "The department of clinical psychology" at the University of Bergen (Norway). In his current research he is doing inter-disciplinary research on evidence-based practice in psychology. He has broad research interests focusing on the relationship between philosophy and psychology.

Andreas Christiansen

Andreas is a Ph.D. student in philosophy at the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication and the Centre for Synthetic Biology at the University of Copenhagen. He holds a BA and an MA in philosophy and a BA in political science, all from the University of Copenhagen. His Ph.D. dissertation concerns ethical issues in synthetic biology. His main research interests are in metaethics, normative ethics and politcial philosophy, and their relations.

Lucius Caviola, University of Basel

Lucius is studying cognitive psychology at the University of Basel, Switzerland. His research interests focus on questions at the intersection of psychology, ethics and rationality. They include questions such as the following: "What are people’s moral goals and to what extent do they decide accordingly?" By combining research on heuristics and biases with moral psychology, he aims to identify irrational patterns in moral decision-making and examine the underlying cognitive mechanisms involved in moral reasoning.

Jennifer Chevinsky

Jennifer is a medical student at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine within the Scholarly Excellence Leadership Experiences Collaborative Training (SELECT) program.  She is also pursuing a master’s degree in Bioethics and Humanities. Jennifer graduated from the Honors College at the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Bioethics in Cross-Cultural Perspectives.  In her Honors thesis, she analyzed the ethical implications of disclosing Gray-Zone Fragile-X Syndrome results to pregnant women. She was an editor of the International Bioethics Casebooks produced by the bioethics division of UNESCO and is currently a theme issue editor for the American Medical Association’s online ethics journal.  In England, Jennifer is partnering with members of the Oxford and University of Warwick faculties to draft a workbook on values-based practice for the use of medical students.


Isabel Cornejo-Plaza is a lawyer, lecturer, consultant and Chilean researcher. Currently she is also invited professor at Private Law Department, Faculty of Law, lecturer on Bioethics and Law at different faculties of the University of Chile and visiting professor at Jean Monet Centre of Rights and Science, Università degli Studi di Perugia, Italy.

She has previously worked as researcher at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Studies on Bioethics at the University of Chile. Her interests include neurolaw, neuroethics, and healthcare-related jurisprudence.

Isabel is in the process of completing her PhD in law at U. of Chile. Her thesis project: “The answer of the law to pharmacological neuroenhancement”, with emphasis on private law - attempts at identifying problems posed by neuroenhancement to moral conceptions underlying civil law, among them those related to autonomy and responsibility. These problems, her hypothesis suggests, produce a shift of paradigm in the conceptualizations of human agency that can be formulated in the sphere of the theory of contract. In UEHIRO Centre she is interested in research about what is the answer of common law to the impact of neuroenhancement in the field of agency. 

Hossein Dabbagh, University of Reading

Hossein Dabbagh is a PhD Philosophy candidate at the University of Reading, UK.  Hossein is a Recognized Student at the University of Oxford for Hilary and Trinity terms 2013, based at the Uehiro Centre where Dr Regina Rini is his Academic Advisor for this period.  His thesis is on the epistemology of moral intuitions and empirical moral psychology (currently investigating the views of Sinnott-Armstrong, Green, Knob, Doris and Stich) and he is also working on Moral Reasons, Normativity, and Meta-Ethics more generally. In his first and second years of doctoral study, Hossein explored intuitionism under the supervision of Professors Philip Stratton-Lake and Brad Hooker.

Alina Coman 

Alina Coman is a PhD student at the University of Oslo, Faculty of Medicine.   Her PhD thesis : "Social and ethical dimensions of fMRI: Anorexia Nervosa as a case study" explores the implications of a neuroscientific model of Anorexia Nervosa for patient's understanding of the disorder, for therapy and also for society at large.

Lauren de Lacerda Nunes, Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil

Lauren de Lacerda Nunes is a Ph.D student at Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil. She is also Professor full time at the Federal University of Pampa, Brazil. She defended her dissertation “Moral Conflicts and Moral Dilemmas: a problematization as of the moral theory of I. Kant” at the Federal University of Santa Maria in 2010. Lauren works primarily with moral dilemmas considering his applied, historic and metaethical aspects. At the moment she is considering the role of emotion in the analysis of moral dilemmas, through moral psychology and applied ethics. She has published in Brazilian journals on these topics and other topics of Applied Ethics, as: biomedical ethics, the objectivity/relativity of values, principialism, moral dilemmas and ethical consistency in rationalist moral systems and animal ethics. She also coordinates an extension project about ethics in a school of a suburb of the city of São Borja, called “pictures of quotidian: the ethical reflection and the photography”. The main purpose of that project is to make the students develop the ethical reflection through the photography, and give them the opportunity to show their reality by the pictures.

Nicolas Delon (University of Picardie Jules Verne)

Nicolas is a PhD candidate in philosophy at the University of Picardie Jules Verne in Amiens and member of the research center CURAPP within the University. He graduated in Philosophy from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and the Sorbonne University (Paris-1) (and also spent some time studying legal history).  Nicolas' research interests include ethics (normative, meta-, and applied), especially animal ethics, which is the topic of his dissertation. He's investigating the (not-so-straigthforward) connections between natural sciences and the moral status of animals, and assessing the merits of a contextual and relational approach to the latter that would still meet impartial requirements. Nicolas is fortunate to spend some time visiting at Oxford in March 2012, on a one-month scholarship from the Maison Française d'Oxford. Nicolas has recently published "Handicap et animaux", in S. Laugier (ed.), Tous vulnérables? Le care, les animaux et l'environnement, Paris, Payot, 2012.

Catia Faria, Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona)

Catia Faria is a PhD candidate at Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona) and a researcher at CEHUM (Portugal). She has a BA in Philosophy (University of Porto) and an MA in Cognitive Sciences (University of Barcelona). Her main research interest lies in practical ethics, in particular animal ethics. She is currently writing her thesis on the ethics of intervention in nature. More specifically, she discusses the reasons we may have to prevent or alleviate harmful states of affairs for animals living in the wild caused by natural events. Moreover, she is interested in how principles of equality and priority apply to nonhuman animals and what this entails regarding our reasons to improve their well-being.

Lisa Forsberg 

Lisa Forsberg is a PhD student at the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, King’s College London. Lisa holds undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Practical Philosophy from Stockholm University, and is a graduate of the MA in Medical Ethics and Law, King’s College London. She is also affiliated with the MIC Lab research group at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Sweden. Her PhD thesis concerns public interest restrictions of the freedom of individuals to consent to controversial medical procedures, focussing in particular on procedures where neurotechnology is used.

Toni Gibea (Michaelmas 2015)

Toni is a PhD student at University of Bucharest, Romania. He holds a BA and a MA degree in Applied Ethics and Moral Philosophy from University of Bucharest. He is a member of the Research Centre in Applied Ethics, University of Bucharest. His main interests are in experimental ethics, moral philosophy and David Hume’s moral philosophy.

Chris Gyngell

Chris is a PhD student at the Australian National University (ANU). Before commencing his PhD he completed an MA in Applied Ethics and a BA/BSc - with his Honours thesis in Human Genetics. His PhD explores issues relating to human enhancement, population heterogeneity and evolution. Chris also works as a Corporate Ethics Analyst for the organisation ‘Corporate Analysis Enhanced Responsibility'. 

Tobias Hainz

Tobias Hainz is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at Heinrich-Heine-University in Duesseldorf, Germany and a member of the newly founded Graduate School on 'Ageing: Cultural Concepts and Practical Realisations'. He graduated from Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz, Germany, with a major in German Literature and minors in Philosophy and Sociology. In his master thesis, Tobias analysed the depiction of bioethical problems in Ridley Scott's classic movie 'Blade Runner'.  Tobias' dissertation deals with the ethical evaluation of radical life extension, concentrating on a welfarist approach to this subject but also considering non-welfarist arguments, for example arguments from moral rights or from the inherent value of human nature (if any such value or any such nature exist at all). His research interests include ethics, especially applied ethics, but also some issues in metaphysics and social ontology that are related to theoretical ethics.

Beatrijs Haverkamp

Beatrijs Haverkamp is a PhD-Candidate based at the Philosophy Group of Wageningen University&Research (the Netherlands). She works on health concepts and questions of health justice within the NWO-funded project ‘Socioeconomic inequalities in health and quality of life: what measures to use in health(care) policies and research?’

During her stay in Oxford, she will work on her PhD-thesis, which aims to defend a relational egalitarian approach to the moral evaluation of health inequalities. She is thereby particularly interested in the analogies between health and talents/skills, health-related stigmatisation, and in the relation between health, disability and capabilities. 

Rune Klingenberg (Trinity 2015)

Rune Klingenberg is a PhD Student at Roskilde University, Denmark. He holds a BA and an MA in History and Philosophy & Science Studies from Roskilde University. Rune has previously interned at the Danish Council of Ethics, and he is a member of the Danish Research Group for Criminal Justice Ethics. His research interests are moral and legal responsibility, criminal justice ethics, and neuroethics.

Serena Kini-Cramer (August 2016)

Serena Kini-Cramer is a 3rd year undergraduate studying Philosophy and History at the University of Chicago. She is the head of the undergraduate Women in Philosophy club, and is interested in seeing more women in the Philosophy department. Her concentrations in philosophy focus on metaethics and contemporary moral philosophy, and her concentrations in history focus on early modern Europe. She will be researching applied ethics under Dr Hannah Maslen.

Polaris Koi (Hilary 2017)

Polaris Koi is a doctoral student at the University of Turku, Finland. He studies the role of abilities in agency, with a focus on self-control and on cognitive abilities. His research interests include human enhancement, disabilities (esp. ADHD), neuroethics, and perfectionist ethics. He's currently also Junior Investigator in the Genetics and Human Agency research project.

Mathilde Lancelot (May 2017)

Mathilde Lancelot is a PhD student since November 2014 in philosophy of medicine at the Paris 7 Diderot University, France. Her thesis, entitled ‘Deep brain stimulation: practice of changing looks and knowledge’,  supervised by Mrs Marie Gaille, focuses on Parkinson’s patients receptions, technological implications and ethical & social paradoxes of deep brain stimulation. It is a philosophy of medicine project centered on care practices and on the patient / physician relationship associated with it. Therefore, her research interests are philosophy of medicine; ethics; history and philosophy of techniques and technologies; medical anthropology and empirical ethics. Since 2015, she contributes to the French ANR research programme Norma Stim who studies the legal, philosophical and social issues of deep brain stimulation. Since January 2017, her project is supported by France Parkinson’s Association.

Sjors Ligthart

Sjors is a PhD candidate at Tilburg University, Department of Criminal law (the Netherlands). In 2016 he graduated law school, during which he specialized himself in criminal law. In the same year he started as a lecturer in criminal law at Tilburg University. In 2017 he started his PhD research which is on the use of neurotechnological mind reading in different stages of criminal law, and whether such kind of mind reading may be coerced to defendants and prisoners in light of European human rights, such as the right to privacy and the privilege against self-incrimination. In this context he is also interested in the philosophical concept of coercion and the way in which the European court applies this concept in legal cases.

Marnie Manning, Recognised Student

Marnie is a PhD candidate in Law at Monash University, a researcher and a practising lawyer.  Her research is a theoretical and empirical work on how judges and doctors approach and resolve conflict, and decide dilemmas about medical treatment for seriously ill young people and children.  Part of her research is being completed at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics under academic advisors, Professor Dominic Wilkinson and Professor Julian Savulescu.
She is currently Group General Counsel for Australia’s largest dental group, Smile Solutions, the Core Dental group and other specialist practices involved in orthodontic, periodontic, endodontic, prosthodontic and paediatric dentistry, and oral & maxillofacial surgical practice.  Marnie is also a Research Fellow at La Trobe University Law School’s Centre for Health Law & Society, and a Non-Executive Director of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Science with Honours in molecular biology, awarded by thesis for her research on FtsZ, a mitochondrial cell division protein.  Her research interests include medical treatment decision-making for children and the law, the coronial system, contract and intellectual property laws. 

Lauritz Munch, Recognised Student 

Lauritz Munch is a Ph.D.-Fellow from Aarhus University, Denmark. He will be visiting the Uehiro Centre for Michaelmas Term 2019. His research concerns the scope, content and justification of privacy rights. Specifically, he is interested in moral and political issues related to the collection, storage and use of personal Information.

Daniel Nica

Daniel Nica is a Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, and postdoctoral researcher at The Romanian Academy.  He is Doctor in Philosophy from the University of Bucharest, MA in Philosophy from the same university and holds two Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and, respectively, in Theology. He is a member of the Centre of Research in Applied Ethics, University of Bucharest and past visitor of Oxford Uehiro Centre of Practical Ethics. His research interests include moral philosophy (both in Analytic and Continental tradition), metaethics, metaphilosohy, Kant and late Witggenstein. At the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Daniel Nica holds seminars in Ethical Theories, Introduction to Ethics and Greek Philosophy. He wrote several articles and studies, and two books in practical philosophy, both in Romanian: ETICÃ FÃRÃ PRINCIPII? Generalism ºi particularism în filosofia moralã (2013) (tr. ETHICS WITHOUT PRINCIPLES? Generalism and Particularism in Moral Philosophy), and PASTILA ROªIE. Eseu despre moralitate ºi fericire (2015) (tr. THE RED PILL. Essay on Morality and Happiness).

Lauren Notini, University of Melbourne

Lauren Notini is a final year PhD student at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She will be at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics from July 4-11, 2014 for a brief academic visit hosted by Associate Professor Dominic Wilkinson. Lauren’s PhD project investigates the ethical issues surrounding facial surgeries performed on children. As part of her project, Lauren conducted interviews with surgeons who perform these surgeries to investigate how they make decisions in this area. Prior to commencing her PhD, Lauren completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) at the University of Melbourne, followed by a Master of Bioethics at Monash University. Lauren’s main research interests revolve around issues in paediatric bioethics, including children’s assent, parental authority, and shared decision making. Lauren also has a special interest in the ethics of medical interventions aimed at altering children for solely or primarily psychological and/or social reasons, including non-therapeutic male and female circumcision, plastic surgery in response to childhood bullying, and the prescription of Ritalin to hyperactive children.

Ilse Oosterlaken, Delft University of Technology

Ilse Oosterlaken is a PhD candidate at Delft University of Technology / 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology.  She plans to defend her doctoral dissertation on the capability approach of Sen and Nussbaum & technology/design in August or September 2012. Her doctoral research has led to publications for several audiences, including designers, capability scholars and philosophers. With Jeroen van den Hoven she co-edited a volume titled The Capability Approach, Technology and Design, which is forthcoming with Springer in April this year. For more information, see

Renata Vanessa Paz Silva

Renata Paz is a PhD student in the Philosophy department at Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona co directed at UFSC: Florianopolis, Brazil and a researcher fellow in the group “Justicia y Democracia: hacia un nuevo modelo de Solidaridad” Ministry of Economy and Competitivity, Spain. Her thesis subject includes both theoretical and practical ethics, with a focus on Peter Singer and the obligation to assist the poor; the extent of our personal responsibilities, fighting against poverty and for future generations' aims. She also investigates the topic of Effective Altruism and the prioritization of causes. Her ongoing interest explores how food security could become food sovereignty using data from agroforestry, an alternative method of food production, while considering the system of industrial food production, and the effectiveness of the agroforestry system and its potential for food production on a large scale.

Fatima Sabir (Trinity 2015)

Fatima Sabir is a Ph.D. Fellow at the Department of Philosophy & Science Studies at Roskilde University, Denmark. She received her Master of Arts in Philosophy & Science Studies and Social Science in 2014. Previously Fatima worked for the Danish Ethical Council. Fatima’s research interests are within the fields of bioethics and neuroethics. Her Ph.D. project is concerned with the permissibility of moral bioenhancement.

Natalie Salmanowitz (May 2015)

Natalie Salmanowitz is a master’s student in the Bioethics and Science Policy program at Duke University. She graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 2014 with a BA in neuroscience. She is primarily interested in the intersection between neuroscience and the law, with a particular focus on negative implicit biases. Whilst visiting the Uehiro Centre, Natalie explored the ethics of using moral bioenhancement in the courtroom, the topic of her master's thesis.

Kimberly Schelle

Kimberly Schelle is a visiting student at the Centre for Neuroethics. She is completing a research master program in Behavioural Science at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.  Kimberly’s final research project, both quantitative and qualitative in nature, explores the use of performance enhancing drugs. Together with her supervisor, Dr. Nadira Faulmueller, she has set up an experimental design to examine the motivations of students for the use of performance enhancing drugs. Further Kimberly has collected ratings of acceptableness on a variety of stories about the use of drugs in the case of treatment, prevention and enhancement. Her main interests lie in human enhancement and the interplay between humans and technology.

Schoutje Schouten

Schoutje Schouten is a master's student at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. She is currently enrolled in the master's programme 'Philosophy and Society' and next year she will take part in the master's programme 'Strategic Studies' at the University of St Andrews. Interested in both fields, she has combined the two in her current research in military ethics. Schoutje focusses on ethical questions concerning the Rules of Engagement, the ethical dilemmas soldiers face during their missions and how well they - based upon their military education - feel prepared to deal with such ethical dilemmas. During her stay in Oxford, Schoutje will be working on her master's thesis, which will be based upon her research findings from her research-internship at the Veteran Institute in Doorn, the Netherlands.

Max Harris Siegel, Princeton University (Trinity 2013)

Max is an advanced undergraduate in the Department of Philosophy at Princeton University. He has philosophical interest in metaethics, philosophy of action, and formal semantics. Max is currently writing a thesis on the supposed analogy between moral and mathematical truths. His recent publications and presentations include "Moral Dilemmas and the Principle of Alternate Possibilities," "Corporations, Moral Responsibility, and the Reactive Attitudes," and "Are Doxastic and Practical Responsibility Companions in Guilt?" At Princeton, Max has received the Class of 1883 Prize for Academic Freshmen and twice received the Spirit of '76 Undergraduate Fellowship. His research at the Uehiro Centre is supported, in part, by the Princeton University Center for Human Values.

Felix Schirmann (April 2012)

Felix Schirmann studied psychology in Berlin and Vienna with an emphasis on theory, methodology, and philosophy of psychology (Diploma, 2010). Generally , he is interested in the theory and history of neuroscience, medicine, and psychology.  Felix pursues his PhD Thesis as part of an interdisciplinary research project (Cologne, Oxford, Groningen) on the history and sociology of brain-based moral psychology and the permeation of ideas from moral psychological research into other societal contexts (e.g. treating moral offenders with pharmaceuticals).

Anke Snoek, Macquarie University (October 2013)

Currently Anke Snoek is in the last year of her PhD on addiction, agency and moral identity at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. This is a multidisciplinary project under supervision of Professor Jeanette Kennett, which integrates theoretical and empirical approaches. She has conducted qualitative follow-up interviews with 69 opiate and alcohol dependent people, using a timeline to be able to distinguish different stages of addiction: when and why was the use beneficial or even enhancing, what caused the tipping point in which the effects of the substance was counterproductive, what steps did people take for recovery and what hindered the recovery? Anke is working on a typology of different ways in which people lose control: over their actions, over their live-plans and over their identity.  Anke did a master in Humanistics at the University of Humanistics in Utrecht. This is a multi-disciplinairy human science study which looks at how we can create a just society and how people give meaning to their lives. She graduated at a combination of research and therapy. After her graduation she worked for 4 years at IVO, a research bureau on addiction and lifestyles. There Anke developed several evidence based national guidelines on the treatment of comorbidity of addiction and anxiety disorders, an approach to vulnerable youth and addiction, and a methodological protocol to develop evidence based guidelines for the treatment of addiction. Next to her work on addiction Anke published a book and several articles in continental philosophy, mainly on the work of Foucault, Agamben and Kafka.

Carl Tollef Solberg (Trinity 2016, November 2016, February 2017)

Carl Tollef Solberg is a PhD-candidate at the Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, the University of Bergen and a member in the affiliate program of the Centre for the Study of Mind and Nature, University of Oslo. He holds a BA and MA in philosophy and an MD in medicine from the University of Bergen. His research focuses on the role of the disvalue of death for health metrics and prioritization in healthcare. Solberg is co-editor of a forthcoming anthology on this topic called Saving Lives from the Badness of Death. Other current research projects include personal identity, the levels of priority setting and suffering. 

Preben Sørheim, Student visitor (Oct. 2018)

Preben Sørheim (BA, MA) is a PhD-candidate at the Department of Philosophy, University of Bergen, Norway. He is also affiliated with the Bergen Center for Ethics and Priority Setting (BCEPS) at the Faculty of Medicine. He was previously a research assistant at the Department of Global Public Health and Primary (Bergen) working on health financing in Scandinavia. His research concerns the value of longevity and premature death in health policy and other policy areas. His research interests are within bioethics, distributive justice, the philosophy of death, inequalities in health, and the welfare state. (You can access his research profile here.) He supervises graduate students in medicine in topics such as antimicrobial mitigation and global justice.

Aksel Sterri

Aksel Braanen Sterri is a PhD-student in philosophy at the University of Oslo and a member of the research project "What should not be bought and sold?". His main research topics are commodification ethics/the moral limits of markets. Aksel has his background in Political Science (MA), and has worked as an op ed-columnist at the Norwegian daily Dagbladet, and as an editor at the Great Norwegian Encyclopedia, before he started his PhD.

His topics of interests are, among other things, drug policy, selective abortion, eugenics, effective altruism, euthanasia, social democracy, happiness and the welfare state (which was the topic of his MA thesis).

Christian Tarsney (February 2017)

Christian is a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland. He is writing his dissertation on rational choice under moral uncertainty, supervised by Professor Dan Moller. During his time at the Uehiro Centre he will be working on the penultimate chapter of the dissertation, which deals with the problem of intertheoretic value comparisons, argues for a stochastic dominance-based approach to moral uncertainty that avoids the challenges of rough comparability and "fanatical" moral theories, and applies this approach to various practical dilemmas involving our moral obligations to future generations. Christian's other areas of research include philosophy of time (especially the "temporal value asymmetry"), normative ethics (especially the ethics of climate change and comparison of infinite utilities), and various questions in political philosophy and decision theory.

Isabella Trifan (Trinity 2017)

Isabella is a PhD candidate at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, working on the ERC-funded project ‘Justice and the Family: An Analysis of the Normative Significance of Procreation and Parenthood in a Just Society’ (Grant Agreement Number: 648610, PI: Serena Olsaretti). Her research lies at the intersection between procreative ethics, population ethics, and distributive justice. During her stay at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics she will conduct research on the question of whether procreative motives matter for the permissibility of procreation. She will also explore the implications of responsibility-sensitive theories of justice for parental responsibility and vice versa. Who should bear parental responsibilities for particular children, and what their content should be, for instance, are questions which could be illuminated by bringing together considerations of distributive justice with those of procreative and parental ethics. Isabella holds two MA degrees in philosophy, one from the Central European University, Budapest, and one from the University of Bucharest.

Mélanie Trouessin (October 2015)

Mélanie Trouessin is a doctoral student in Philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Lyon, France. Currently, she is working on a thesis entitled « Addiction as a pathology of will: rethink the weakness of will at the light of Cognitive Science ». In her thesis, she tries to overcome the ‘disease’ versus ‘choice’ model of addiction, trying to mix the analysis of action with the analysis of what is typically a disease. In the meantime, she’s teaching Neuroethics classes at the ENS of Lyon and philosophy of science classes at the University of Lyon 2. Her areas of interest include: neuro-enhancement, pathological gambling as well as other behavioural addictions, moral dilemmas and philosophy of medicine.

Sabrina Stewart (Michaelmas 2012)

Sabrina Stewart is an undergraduate at Dartmouth College studying Biology and Ethics. During her term at Oxford, she will be investigating the ethical implications of gene therapy. Sabrina has worked at The Dartmouth Centre for Health Care Delivery Science to develop Option Grids, decision aids designed to encourage shared decision making in a clinical setting.  Her interests include the ethics of human enhancement, resource allocation, and consent.

Johannes Westreicher (February 2017)

Johannes is an undergraduate student of Philosophy at Innsbruck University, Austria.  He holds a BSc degree in Architecture from the University of Innsbruck.  His areas of interest are moral philosophy, political philosophy, epistemology and aesthetics.  While visiting the Uehiro Centre he will focus on potential impacts of human enhancement to society, in particular, how such enhancements might alter fundamental principles of society.

Hazem Zohny (October 2015)

Hazem Zohny is a doctoral student at The University of Otago, New Zealand. His current research is on emerging neuroenhancement technologies and their implications for justice and policy. He holds a BA in philosophy and psychology from The University of Sydney, Australia, and an MSc (Science and Society) from The Open University, UK. His interests include enhancement, applied ethics, free will, and philosophy of mind.