Research
Research

SLAPLAB

SLAPLAB (Science, Law & Policy Lab) is a vertically-integrated, interdisciplinary laboratory directed by Dr. Nita Farahany, Professor of Law & Philosophy and Director of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society.
Nita Farahany

Nita Farahany, PhD, JD

Nita A. Farahany is a leading scholar on the ethical, legal, and social implications of biosciences and emerging technologies, particularly those related to neuroscience and behavioral genetics. She is the Director of Duke Science & Society, the Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy, and a Professor of Law & Philosophy.

Anna Wexler

Anna Wexler

Anna Wexler is a Ph.D. candidate in the History, Anthropology, Science, Technology and Society (HASTS) Program at MIT. Her research focuses on the ethical, legal, and social implications of emerging neuroscience technology, with a particular focus on the home use of electrical brain stimulation.

David Britton

David Britton

David Britton is pursuing a JD at Duke Law School and an MS in Duke’s Mechanical Engineering and Material Science Department. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned a BS in Physics and the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology. His interests lie in technology law and policy relating to electromechanical innovations like robots, drones, driverless cars, and 3D printing.

Beatrice Capestany

Beatrice Capestany

Beatrice is a PhD student in Psychology & Neuroscience. Her interests include legal decision-making, justice, and social cognition. She is currently exploring how procedural and distributive justice perceptions influence ideologies. She hopes to uncover how systemic biases get transmitted through the legal system.

Rosa Castro

Rosa Castro

Rosa Castro’s research interests lie at the intersection between law and science. She specializes in intellectual property law, innovation and the legal challenges created by new technological and scientific developments. After earning an LL.M. (Hamburg University) and a Ph.D. in Law and Economics (Erasmus University Rotterdam), she was awarded a Jean Monnet Fellowship at the European University Institute in Fiesole (2011-2012). She has lectured on Intellectual Property law and international health law at LUISS University in Rome and at the University of Bologna, Italy. Rosa is currently enrolled in Duke’s Master in Bioethics and Science Policy, and aims to develop frontier research on the current and future challenges in bioethics and science policy.

Stefanija Giric

Stefanija Giric

Stefanija Giric is an MA student in Bieothics and Science Policy. Her research interests are in genome policy and ethics, particularly the impacts of genetic information on health outcomes. She hopes that by doing research on perceptions of direct-to-consumer genetic testing, she will be able to increase awareness of and access to genetic testing and empower healthcare consumers to become more engaged in their treatment and outcomes.

Emily Nagler

Emily Nagler

Emily Nagler is a first-year student at Trinity College of Arts and Sciences. She is interested in global health and public policy, and plans to follow a pre-health academic path. She hopes to research the impacts of scientific technology on society, particularly regarding public attitudes toward emerging technologies.

Elish Mahajan

Elish Mahajan

Elish Mahajan is a 2nd year undergraduate student majoring in Biology and Computer Science. He is currently doing research on the role of the human microbiota in chronic disease. He is also an EMT-B provider for Duke University EMS.

Bryan McMahon

Bryan McMahon

Bryan is an undergraduate junior majoring in biology interested the intersection of science and society, particularly in the potential uses and effects of technology, and the way such changes are navigated by society. As a part of the SLAPLAB, he is assisting research investigating the uses of neuroscience as evidence in courtrooms, specifically as a reason for claiming Ineffective Assistance Council.