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Hira Ahmed

I earned my BS in Biological Sciences – Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology with minors in Biotechnology and Microbiology in December of 2015 from North Carolina State University. After which I taught at risk adolescents science and mathematics in Wake County, North Carolina. My experiences throughout my undergraduate career, working in a neurobiology research lab at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine and at the alternative High School, I became interested in bridging collaborations between scientists and the lay public particularly in the field of digital health & technology. I decided to pursue MA in Bioethics & Science Policy in order to explore the ethical, social and legal implications surrounding the use of digital health platforms such as mhealth in citizen science projects both nationally and internationally.

 

Nicole Angelica

Nicole Angelica

I earned a BA from Boston University in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in May of 2016. During my undergraduate career, I was fascinated by the innovation of science and its impact on the population. I decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Bioethics and Science Policy in order to explore the ethical side of science. I am interested in mediating controversial issues in bioethics and investigating how scientific innovation gets translated into science policy. I hope to work for a federal regulatory agency like the FDA or NIH in the future.

 

Laura

Laura Appelt

I am a student in the joint JD/MA in Bioethics & Science Policy program. I have a BS in Environmental Science from Indiana University, where I performed research in atmospheric analytical chemistry. After college, I taught high school biology, chemistry, and anatomy for two years on the south side of Indianapolis as a Teach for America corps member. I am interested in exploring intersections of science and society, particularly as they relate to the environment. After graduation, I plan to pursue a career in environmental law.

 

Aziz Towqir

Towqir Aziz

I am a graduate of UNC- Chapel Hill, where I received a B.S. in environmental science, concentrating on human health impacts and human health protection. My experiences as a researcher at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, the Gillings School of Public Health at UNC, and the Joint Graduate School of Environment and Energy in Bangkok, Thailand, have all led me to this Master in Bioethics & Science Policy Program because it merges my interests in the environment, public health, scientific communication and justice. Through this graduate program I aim to gain a better understand the nuances of bioethics and science-related policy through, after which I plan to pursue a law degree. In my career, I hope to be able to participate in and influence the legislative process behind the policies that affect Americans at any level, from local to international, and in this process empower underrepresented and overlooked communities.

 

Shelby Baird

Shelby Baird

I am a joint-degree student pursuing a JD and MA in Bioethics & Science Policy at Duke. I graduated from Yale University in 2014 with a BA in political science. Upon completion of my undergraduate degree, I worked for Cooper & Kirk, PLLC in Washington, D.C. At Duke, I am involved with the Health Law Society, Cancer Pro Bono Project, and Federalist Society. I want to use my joint-degree to pursue a career in health care law and am interested in projects that improve patient access to quality care.

 

David-Bearl

David Bearl

Every day, adults and children are faced with difficult choices regarding their health. Some of those choices hinge on their values, while others hinge on the policies that shape their available options. I have a BS in Neuroscience and then went on to earn an M.D. both from the University of Minnesota. I completed residency training in general pediatrics at the University of Nebraska. I am currently pursuing fellowship training at Duke University in pediatric cardiology with plans for sub-specialization in pediatric heart failure and transplant medicine. This group of patients and their families can often struggle to make important life-altering decisions, and my aim is to be prepared to advocate for them as individual patients as well as for the group as a whole at the policy level.

 

Kirsten Bleiweiss

Kirsten Bleiweiss

I earned a BS in Neuroscience and a BA in Political Science from the University of Southern California in 2016. During my undergraduate career, I discovered my interests lie in the intersection of these dynamic fields. Dealing with issues of international policy and global health, I spent time researching parasitic diseases in developing nations at Oxford University – specifically focusing on schistosomiasis and onchocerciasis. Through my research, I naturally questioned topics such as the accessibility of medicine, the ethical implications of research, and the policies involved in handling health issues on both national and international levels. My curiosity in the regulation and use of science in society led me to the Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy program. During my time at Duke, I plan to examine the intersection of neuroscience and the law – how neuroscience is used as evidence, what advances in neuroscience technology might mean for the future of the legal system, and the ethical implications of these topics. After Duke, I intend to pursue a JD and focus my work on intellectual property, science, and health with potential international applications.

 

Esko Brummel

Esko Brummel

While advocating for investment in research, scientists need to articulate why their work deserves to be funded and how it might benefit society. Policymakers, on the other hand, need to interpret these claims to inform their policy making while upholding what society deems ethical. It is in translating the merits of one to the use of the other where I hope to thrive.

As a Bioethics and Science Policy Masters student at Duke, I am constantly learning ways to mediate between the scientific, policy, and public communities. Continuing this work of making the world a better place by increasing access to the insights of good science requires a community of like-minded scholars with whom I can further integrate and inform and challenge my experience. I couldn’t ask for a more diverse, insightful, and inspiring community than what I’ve found in this program.

 

Emily Bullis

Emily Bullis

After completing my undergraduate studies in California, I began designing and teaching S.T.E.M. courses for the Orange County chapter of Girls Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides research-based and compensatory programming for girls. It was through both this experience and my personal exposure to genetic testing that I discovered my love for taking the inaccessible and esoteric and turning it into something digestible and relatable. While my involvement in teaching S.T.E.M. taught me the raw skills necessary to contextualize and translate big ideas, I am hoping to fine-tune these skills in the MA in Bioethics and Science Policy program. I hope to apply what I learn at Duke towards the public knowledge and appreciation of the policies and ethical quandaries that will inevitably arise out of the intersection between genetics and technology.

 

Bobbie Burrows

Bobbie Burrows

I am a joint-degree student pursuing a JD and MA in Bioethics & Science Policy at Duke. I graduated from Wartburg College in 2016 where I was a part of the Engineering Science program. I joined the MA in Bioethics and Science Policy program because I have a fascination with technology and new ideas that emerge into the world and the legal and ethical implications that accompany them. After graduation I hope to work in Intellectual Property and possibly Patent Law.

 

Christian Capobianco

Christian Capobianco

I graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Nanoscience and a minor in Science, Technology, & Law, where my primary interests were nanomedicine and the development of nanotechnology from an intellectual property point of view. These interests led me to opportunities in which I was fortunate enough to help to develop a relatively novel course, Cell and Molecular Biology for Engineers, while also pursuing research in polymer science. Additionally, I recently completed an externship at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, wherein my art unit focused on examination of semiconductor-related patent applications. Going forward at Duke, my studies will be focused on the application of risk analysis towards nanotechnology and nanomaterials in policy development, as well as how resulting policies influence the commercialization process.

 

Dylan Cartier

Dylan Cartier

I earned a degree in Political Science/Political Theory from UCLA in 2015. While volunteering in the heart transplant unit at the UCLA Medical Center, I became fascinated with the bioethical issues faced by physicians, patients, social workers, and researchers. The complex questions often had no right or wrong answer – a seemingly strange situation in science. My focus at Duke and towards the future is one of advocating, teaching, and pushing the boundaries of current science technology to ultimately provide benefit to humankind.

 

Matthew

Matthew Colin

I am a joint-degree student and am pursuing a degree from Duke Law School while also working towards an MA in Bioethics and Science Policy. I graduated from Indiana University in 2013 with a BS in chemistry and a BA in philosophy. Following my undergraduate career, I spent two years teaching biology and chemistry at Emmerich Manual High School in Indianapolis through Teach for America. While I am unsure about what I would like to do after graduation, I plan to pursue a career that combines science and law.

 

Blair Coppage

Blair Coppage

I entered the MA program after graduating from St. John’s College, a small liberal arts school focused on the study of original sources in mathematics, science, literature, music, and a variety of other subjects. During my time there, I became very interested in the history and philosophy of science — specifically in the way it has shaped how we as a species regard ourselves, our well-being, and the relation of those things to the world around us. At Duke, I hope to get a chance to better understand these considerations with the plan of pursuing a PhD in Bioethics or Global Health Policy.

 

Daniel Feingold

Daniel Feingold

I completed my undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University in 2013. After graduation, I did research in Dr. Ethan Goldberg’s lab at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where we studied cortical circuits implicated in epilepsy in order to better understand the underlying mechanisms of the disease. I had originally planned to apply to PhD programs in neuroscience after graduating from college, but during my time in lab I became interested in how governmental policy affects scientific research and how scientific research can change public policy. As soon as I discovered the MA in Bioethics and Science Policy at Duke I knew that it was the type of interdisciplinary program that I was looking for. I hope to use my degree to work in or with the federal government to promote policy that improves the relationship between science and government.

 

Elena Ghanaim

Elena Ghanaim

Ever since high school, I have been fascinated by the moral, social, and ethical issues that emerging genetic technologies pose to society. I began to explore this interest at Rutgers University, where I earned my B.A. in Genetics with minors in Philosophy and Psychology. For the past two years, I have worked in basic science research at the NIH as a post-baccalaureate IRTA fellow. At the NIH, I also shadowed a weekly pediatric genetics clinic and gained insight into how genetic disorders pose unique ethical dilemmas to physicians and the affected families. The MA program in Bioethics and Science Policy will deepen my understanding of various bioethical issues as well as how scientists and policymakers effectively communicate and regulate science. I hope to pursue a career in medical genetics and believe that the knowledge and tools learned at Duke will improve my ability to participate in discussions and decisions made on bioethical topics.

 

Kelly Hamachi

Kelly Hamachi

I am a joint JD/MA student in the Bioethics & Science Policy program here at Duke. In 2015, I graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in public health. After college, I spent a year working at Stanford University’s Clinical Excellence Research Center examining ways to lower the cost of health care delivery. As a dual degree student, I am interested in the legal and ethical aspects of research, clinical trials, and the use of health care technologies.

 

Jenna Hayes

Jenna Hayes

I received my BA in Psychology from IDC Herzliya (Israel) in 2015. Throughout my studies, I learned about mental health disparities, which prompted my interest in the ethics and processes behind health policy formation and research.  At Duke, I plan to examine Health Law and policy and their influences on research and clinical care concerning women.

 

Charles Hedges

Charles Hedges

I graduated from Rollins College in December 2015 with a BA in Mathematics and a minor in Chemistry. As the chair of the Rollins College Honor Council, I was faced with numerous ethical decisions and examples of ethical misconduct. Combined with my interest in medicine, clinical care, and research, I was naturally interested in furthering my knowledge of bioethics and how to make effective, practical progress. I will be applying to medical school for admission in fall of 2018. I plan on using this program to help me become the best physician and leader in the medical community that I can.

 

Lydia Kwong

Lydia Kwong

One of my favorite undergraduate experiences at The Ohio State University was having the opportunity to be involved in neuroscience research. It was here that I first stumbled upon bioethics when I was asked to complete a required ethical training course. I expected to learn more about ethical regulations as I became more involved in research. However, this did not prove true.
By happenstance, I signed up for a course on case studies in health care ethics and I discovered bioethics as its own field of study. I’m ecstatic that I did. I immediately became intrigued with bioethics and explored many topics such as access to health care, genetic privacy and neuroethics. The more I learned about the moral controversies which arise in biomedical research and health care, the more I pondered how ethical regulations are derived to reduce detrimental consequences. As a graduate student at Duke University studying Bioethics and Science Policy, I strive to understand the philosophical underpinnings of bioethical issues to develop policy solutions to extend access to health care and tackle issues in biotechnology regulation.

 

Rachel Landrum

Rachel Landrum

I graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in May of 2017, majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry and business. As I am in pursuit of a medical education and a career as a physician, I chose to participate in the MA in Bioethics & Science Policy program to further my knowledge base of the expanding set of ethical questions being raised today, in and outside of the realm of healthcare. I believe it to be of extreme importance, now more than ever, to be equipped with the tools and varying perspectives to understand and navigate ethical concerns.

 

Marcia Lindsey

Marcia Lindsey

I graduated with a B.S. in Biology (Pre-Medicine) from North Carolina A&T State University in May of 2017. During my undergraduate career, I developed interests in health disparities, and the impact of scientific innovation on the lives of underrepresented populations. I decided to pursue a master’s degree in Bioethics & Science Policy, in order to better understand the relationship between science, policy, and patients. In the future I plan to become a physician. I hope to improve access to quality care for under-served populations, through health law and policy.

 

Karina Moy

Karina Moy

After graduating from Williams College in 2014 with degrees in English and biology, I worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York on an investigation of Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities fraud. I gained an appreciation for the power and meticulousness of law and sought to combine my passion for human health with a legal education at Duke. I am currently pursuing a joint JD/MA in Bioethics & Science Policy.

I am involved in Duke’s Cancer Pro Bono Project and am eager to take advantage of more clinics, clubs, and course offerings relating to healthcare in the coming years. Though I anticipate this program greatly broadening my career horizons, for now I hope to become a federal prosecutor to protect healthcare rights and access for all Americans.

 

Carson

Carson Martinez

Before joining the Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy I earned a BS in Neural Science from New York University (NYU) in May 2016, with minors in philosophy and psychology. During my time at NYU, I worked with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Data-Pop Alliance, and the International Neuroethics Society (INS), exploring the ethical and policy implications of novel data sources and technologies. My studies at Duke concentrated on technology and data policy, with a focus in the health sector. My Capstone project was completed with Intel Corporation in Portland, OR. The output of my project was an Intel White Paper exploring the how government entities and cloud service providers can take active steps to promote use, enhance trust, and foster innovation in cloud storage technologies for medical imaging data. I now work as a Policy Fellow at the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) in Washington, DC, working on cutting-edge issues in health data privacy.

 

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Ashley Miller-Dykeman

I earned my BA in biology and with a minor in marine science from Boston University in May of 2016. During my final year as an undergraduate, I began to develop a passion for science policy; particularly how policy interacts with environmental science and communicating science to the general public. I decided to pursue my MA in bioethics and science policy at Duke with the hope of acquiring a more extensive understanding of bioethics and policy. My primary focus, however, is on science communication and bridging the gap between scientists and non-scientists.

 

Melissa Morales

Melissa Morales

When different fields collaborate with different people from diverse backgrounds and integrate different concepts, we can achieve something that’s greater than what anyone of us can do alone. I believe that the chance for discoveries and major breakthroughs lie at the intersection of different fields. I am a firm believer in integrating hard sciences with social sciences. I received my B.A. in psychology with a concentration in neuroscience from the University of South Florida. Thus, with a background in behavioral neuroscience, I grew a distinct interest in applying my educational groundwork with criminal law. My goal is to produce empirical work to discern how or when neuroscience can be applied in legal context and, ultimately, how it can be best understood by the legal system. Therefore, I decided to pursue my M.A. in Bioethics & Science Policy at Duke University—a program that allows me to study the fundamental issues surrounding neuroscience, technology, and its prospective concerns within the justice system. After this program, I plan to continue my education and use my knowledge on brain and behavior to teach and inform judges, lawyers, jurors, and any personnel involved in legal decision-making on how to make methodical inferences in given circumstances. Additionally, I intent to contribute to the mediation between science and policy, by generating research that aims to understand how science can improve policy and legal decision-making.

 

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Elizabeth Morgan

Health care systems cannot evolve without ethical research, implementation of innovative technology, informed public policy and knowledgeable legal systems. As an experienced board-certified Obstetrician Gynecologist, I am acutely aware of health care disparities and the low priority given to the medical needs many of women, including pregnant women. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in the neurosciences and English, where I remained to serve as an IRB member and clinical research coordinator. As an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine, I was taught medicine through the lens of the biopsychosocial model. I remained at the University of Rochester, where I completed by residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and won awards in teaching and research. While in academic followed by private practice, I served as a clinical instructor for residents and medical students. Curiosity drove me to complete an ultrasound fellowship, with additional specialty training at the University of Sao Paulo. Since moving to the Carolinas, I have been an Ob/Gyn faculty member at Carolinas Healthcare System, where I continued to teach ObGyn residents and UNC-Chapel Hill medical students. My current clinical and research work focuses on the 4-D sonographic imaging of the female pelvis. This innovative technique has direct applications for improvement in both surgical and medical management of endometriosis, a neglected but common, devastating disease. I continue to lecture nationally and internationally on this topic and hope to publish my research this Spring. In addition, I have taught bioethics at UNC Chapel Hill Medical School at Charlotte and at Davidson College. As a physician who is interested in science communication and the use of new technologies to promote health care equity, I am thrilled to be at a program that address the legal, ethical, and public policy aspects of the health care technological innovation.

 

Jamal Moss

Jamal Moss

Two years after graduating from NC State University with a BS in Biological Sciences, I found my way to the Bioethics and Science Policy program at Duke after exploring clinical research with NC Heart and Vascular Research in Raleigh, NC. Throughout those two years, bioethics became a bigger part of the conversations I was having every day with both patients and clinical staff. As a Clinical Research Coordinator, I was responsible for communicating the rights of human research subjects to patients and doctors, while also collaborating with other clinical staff to coordinate patient care. Most importantly, I was responsible for keeping the rights of each patient at the forefront of every conversation dealing with their health. Those conversations and that experience pushed me to analyze the ethical issues we face currently regarding science and medicine, and what tools and resources we use to solve them.
During my undergrad career, my professors emphasized the importance of knowing the policy that affected our communities; policy affecting farming, water, and even energy. In conjunction, they also fostered the desire to seek out and spread good, ethical science. I enrolled in the Bioethics and Science Policy program because I want to learn about the ways in which bioethics is used as a lens to explore science topics and as a tool to create effective science policy. My study interest includes health care policy and population health inequities. After graduation, I plan to attend medical school and use my background in bioethics and science policy to support involvement with science at all levels of life and give me a seat at the table when it’s time create the policy for the future.

 

Stefan

Stefan Pienkowski

In May of 2014, I earned a B.A. in philosophy and a B.S. in biology from Emory University in Atlanta. During my undergraduate years, I was most interested in areas of thought in which these two disciplines intersected. To me, biology studied alone was missing fundamental concepts which philosophy provided. On the flip side, philosophy was too sterile without real-world applications. After college I worked as a medical assistant in both an academic hospital and a small private practice for about two years. Now at Duke, I am focusing my studies on issues surrounding healthcare law, policy, research, practice, and ethics. I am particularly interested in addressing healthcare disparities between rich and poor, rural and urban areas. I hope to continue studying and addressing these issues on a state wide level by working with the Department of Health and Human Services in Raleigh.

 

Chelsey Pitts

Chelsey Pitts

After completing college, I was able to take the following two years to work in the bio-pharmaceutical industry. Specifically, gaining valuable, hands-on experience evaluating the efficacy, quality, and purity of therapeutics manufactured via living organisms. Through my understanding of the drug industry, I have realized that the healthcare process is much more complex than a physician-patient relationship, but involves several aspects that must align to ensure that the healthcare system works. Initially hooked by a genuine interest in the sciences, I became increasing intrigued by biotechnology as I found that the field had an ethical dimension. This led me to Duke’s program. I am particularly interested in studying bioethics and healthcare policy as it relates to healthcare disparities in gender, religious and ethnic minority communities, and socio-economically disadvantaged areas.
My background, diverse both ethnically and socio-economically, allows for a unique perspective when analyzing these issues. I would like to use the unique lens that my background provides to examine how well equipped physicians are to adequately treat and create wellness plans that diverse patients can take ownership of and commit to. Changing the dynamics of the physician-patient relationship to more closely resemble a partnership better positions the physician to accurately diagnose and provide optimal treatment recommendations—I believe this will empower patients to take control of their wellness in the future. For me, becoming a physician means much more than suiting up in scrubs with holstered pagers and badges that permit entry past the personnel only thresholds. Being a physician means embracing the notion that I have an ethical responsibility to both myself and others to treat patients with humility and integrity, all the while gaining rewards that are meaningful. Fueled by curiosity and a dedication to improvement, I plan to become a physician who empowers and liberates patients to take control of their lives.

 

Kevin

Kevin Simmons

I graduated in 2013 from the University of Dallas with a BA in Philosophy and Classics and since then have taught Latin at an all-boys high school in Houston, Texas. While in college, I spent a year as a volunteer chaplain at UT Southwestern Hospital. That experience piqued my interest in bioethics, which solidified into degree aspirations; when I was teaching, I realized that I wanted to return to school and work more directly in the intersection of morals and difficult decisions. Thus, I am enrolled in the joint-degree program for bioethics and law, so that I can join hospitals or insurance companies to serve the interests of patients and their providers, perhaps especially in the development and implementation of hospital ethics policy.

 

Eun Young

Eun Young Song

After I earned my PhD in neuroscience, I have worked as a postdoctoral associate in neuroscience laboratories. I can see that unprecedented technological advances in neuroscience research are giving us powerful new tools for altering and creating living entities and promoting selective behaviors beyond the treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders. At the same time, these advances raise ethical issues about the conduct and implications of neuroscience research. In order to maximize the benefits of neuroscience research to individuals and society, we need to ensure that experiments are performed ethically and that we clarify misunderstandings and misconceptions about the research implications and impact. In the Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy, I am interested in the study of policy development in the areas of performance and application of neuroscience research, and in designing education systems for neuroscience researchers, medical doctors, and the public on bioethics for responsible and ethical application of neuroscience research.

 

Naina

Naina Soni

I am a third-year joint-degree JD/MA in Bioethics & Science Policy candidate and will graduate in May 2016. For the MA, I am concentrating in intellectual property, as I plan to begin my legal career as an associate with Cooley in the law firm’s intellectual property litigation group in Washington, D.C. I am involved with the Law School’s Health Justice Clinic and am a Lead Articles and Publications Editor on the executive editing board of Law and Contemporary Problems, the Law School’s oldest published journal. In February 2015, I published “New science, old convictions − Texas Senate Bill 344: identifying further necessary reform in forensic science,” in Journal of Law and the Biosciences. Prior to attending Duke, I graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a BS in Biology, concentrating in Cell Biology and Genetics, and a BA in Government and Politics with High Honors. Outside of school, my hobbies include playing the guitar, learning and teaching Indian Classical Dance, and exploring Durham’s restaurants with friends.

 

Disha Subramaniam

Disha Subramaniam

I graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with double majors in Economics and Molecular & Cell Biology in May 2017. I also have a strong interest in public policy and international development, stemming from my years growing up in Bangkok, Thailand during a politically turbulent time and later honed by my undergraduate years on a highly politically active campus. During my time as an undergraduate, I always sought to find interfaces between my two seemingly different areas of study, which was the primary catalyst for my decision to pursue the MA in Bioethics and Science Policy. Broadly, my interests lie in Health Economics & Policy and I hope to pursue a career or further study in the field.

 

Juliet Taylor

Juliet Taylor

I earned my B.S. in Environmental Science with a Biology concentration and a minor in English from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2016. My undergraduate interests were primarily science writing, science education, and public perceptions of science and science policy. My undergraduate Honors thesis research focused on defining the public’s role in North Carolina coastal management policies, identifying gaps in public understanding of coastal science, and exploring ways to increase public knowledge of state and local-level developments related to these issues. I am coming to the M.A. program in Bioethics and Science Policy to further develop my skills as a communicator of science and to better understand the complex relationship between policymakers, scientists, and the public stakeholders in science policy issues.

 

Kelly Todd

Kelly Todd

I am a student in the JD/MA in Bioethics & Science Policy program. I graduated from the College of William and Mary with a BA in Psychology and Health Psychology in 2015. During my undergraduate education I worked on an NIH-funded EEG study that looked at attentional biases in children towards tobacco and alcohol-related stimuli. Following college, I spent a year working in trauma psychology research, where I became interested in the legal side of scientific invention and innovation. I decided to pursue an education in science and the law so that in the future I may hopefully have the opportunity to work in intellectual property as it pertains to the life sciences.

 

Stephanie Vereb

Stephanie Vereb

In 2016, I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a minor in Social and Political History. At Carnegie Mellon, I developed strong interests in end of life healthcare and theology in medicine. As a MA student at Duke, I hope to connect these two interests by studying how ethics and policy influence how the whole person- physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional- is treated at the end of life. With an aspiration to attend medical school and practice as a palliative care clinician in the future, I hope to utilize my training in ethics and policy to improve the way I care for patients and inform ways I could influence the healthcare system.

 

Jenny Wang

Jenny Wang

I am a joint degree student currently pursuing a JD and MA in Bioethics & Science Policy. After graduating from Duke with a BS in Biology, I taught high school science for two years in rural North Carolina as a Teach For America corps member. I return to Duke hoping to find the same interdisciplinarity I enjoyed as an undergraduate as I explore the relationship between science and the law. I am ultimately interested in a career in intellectual property litigation.

 

AnneWest

Anne West

When I was 17, my family became the first healthy family to be have our genomes sequenced out of pure scientific curiosity. The more I learned about my own genome and my family’s, the more my curiosity was sparked. Though I majored in Psychology and Spanish, I continued my interest in genetics throughout college through internships at Harvard, MIT, and Barcelona’s Center for Genomic Regulation. After I graduated from Wellesley College in May 2015, I spent a year jointly working for the Mount Sinai Resilience Project and the Harvard Personal Genome Project (of which I am also a participant). At work, I saw how research studies can interact with their participants, to empower and educate them in aprocess that benefits everyone involved. My interest in innovative ways to structure research studies propelled me to study bioethics and explore its many issues.

 

Cole Wilhelmi

Cole Wilhelmi

I am a joint degree candidate pursuing a JD and MA in Bioethics and Science Policy. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May of 2016. I worked for a year at the UNC Environmental Finance Center, where I assisted in research projects related to public utility finance and water system rate structures. In law school, I am actively involved in Duke Environmental Law Society and Health Law Society. I am specifically interested in how new developments in medical technology, forensics, and gene editing inform the way that judges apply existing laws and how policymakers create new laws to accommodate scientific innovations.

 

Ishaq Winters

Ishaq Winters

I am pursing a M.D. at Duke University School of Medicine with a prior B.S. in Biochemistry and minor in Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis. While immersing myself within medicine, I began to realize how much more there is beyond the biomedical aspects to everyday clinical decisions. I have become more aware of the significance of social, political, economic, and legal components that are necessary to consider in the choices physicians make. Oftentimes, these are the issues that we struggle with the most but have the greatest impact on our patients’ health and well-being. By pursing the MA in Bioethics and Science Policy, I hope to not only become familiar with these topics but also become a proponent of change within our healthcare system.