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Zachary Andrews

Zachary is a junior at American University. Zach has previously interned for Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann back in Fall 2014, and he realized he wanted the experience of working at a think tank. At CES, Zach currently does research on how bioethics relates to Capitol Hill. At American University, Zach is an active member of the college republicans, and he is also an opinion writer for the school newspaper, “The Eagle.” In his free time, he enjoys tennis, skiing, movies, paintball, video games, chess and traveling. Zach joined the Center for Ethical Solutions in June 2011. 


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Billy, a recent graduate of Connecticut College, studied Philosophy, English Literature, and Religious Studies. Billy’s work with the Center for Ethical Solutions began in February 2014. His research has had to do with compensation received by living organ donors for non-medical expenses, the benefits of transplantation versus dialysis, and suicide rates among veterans. He was responsible for putting together the Arizona portion of our Advance Directive Steward, attained ‘Gold’ status for CES on GuideStar, and has performed research and administrative tasks for Stop Organ Trafficking Now! as well as the American Living Organ Donor Fund. He is currently in the process of applying to law school. After graduating, he plans to practice in the healthcare field and fold the interests and passions he has honed at CES into a career in law. Billy hopes to one day become a bioethics consultant so that he can help families and organizations navigate the complex concerns that often lie in the path of scientific progress and medical solutions. 


Reema Patel

Reema is a rising senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She is primarily interested in neuroscience and biology and hopes to work in the field of medicine. Her interest in bioethics began in her AP Biology class, where they would have debates about current ethical issues. This interest was further developed in her neurobiology and DNA Science classes, where ethical issues were presented and discussed. She believes that the issues in bioethics affect much of the world today, and that it’s important to do our best in understanding and resolving these issues. She joined the Center of Ethical Solutions in the summer of 2014 and hopes to continue as she finishes up her high school years.


Sydney Zheng


Sydney is a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She enjoys learning about biology, psychology, economics and computer science. Sydney believes assisting the Center for Ethical Solutions is a wonderful way to serve her community and learn more about the medical and ethical world. In the summer of 2015, she started contributing as an intern for the Center for Ethical Solutions.  She currently helps out as the ALODN Newsletter Editor.


Vandana Apte

Vandana Apte is a current undergraduate student at Rutgers University–New Brunswick majoring in Biotechnology, concentrating in Policy, and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. She became passionate about Bioethics during her high school Biology class when she learned about the controversies surrounding the genetic modification of organisms. She is now Editor-in-Chief of the Rutgers Journal of Bioethics, writes biweekly columns about bioethical issues in her school newspaper, teaches an undergraduate first-year introductory course about Bioethics, debates in the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference, and is an active member of her school’s Bioethics Society. An aspiring lawyer and bioethicist, she is particularly interested in reproductive health and policy. She is excited to further her love for Bioethics and learn more about the field through her internship at CES this summer. 

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Neil is a rising junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. He is primarily interested in the fields of biology and medicine and their interaction with technology. At his school, Neil actively participates in the Model UN, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology and Medical Society clubs. In August of 2015, he is going to a local school in China to advise in improving their MUN program. He hopes to utilize his variety of experiences and internship at the Center for Ethical Solutions to pursue a career in medicine and technology. He joined the CES in the summer of 2015 and hopes to continue as he finishes up his high school years.

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Sohil Shah is a rising freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he is a Biology and Anthropology major with a minor in Public Policy on a premedical track. An avid writer, Sohil is co-founder of The College Essayist, a national organization that connects college bound students with current college students to annihilate college essays. Sohil also serves on the National Teen Council and the National Youth Health Advisory Council. Recently named as one of Eduzine’s Global Young Ambassador for his work in education and writing, Sohil hopes to take his passion for writing an editorial skills to display the importance of the living organ donor network as the ALODN Newsletter editor.

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Lauren is a junior at Washington and Lee University and is pursuing a BS in computer science. She is also interested in psychology and law. She is especially fascinated by legal and ethical issues in medicine. Lauren joined the Center for Ethical Solutions in June 2012.


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Rishab is a junior at Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, CA. He is passionate about various issues in medical law and ethics. Rishab’s interest in these topics was refined through his involvement in debate and Model United Nations. He is an active member of the HOSA: Future Health Professionals organization and serves in a leadership capacity. Additionally, Rishab is one of the editors for his school newspaper and a Boy Scout, currently working towards his Eagle Scout rank. He has participated in outreach and research work in areas of patient education and veteran health. Rishab joined the Center for Ethical Solutions as an intern in the fall of 2015 and looks forward to contributing his efforts to the organization.content,

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Maya is a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Her favorite subjects are biology, psychology and computer science and she hope to pursue a career in medicine. She first got introduced to the field of Bioethics in AP Biology and has been reading about it ever since. She believes the field of Bioethics will become more vital as knowledge and technology progresses, and would love to continue to learn and contribute any way she can. In her free time she lies to read and play soccer. She joined the Center of Ethical Solutions in September of 2015.

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Anthony is a Computer Science undergrad at The University of Georgia. He is a Software/Web Developer, and the plan is to release things in hopes if them being useful. During free time if Anthony is not working on a program or web page, he is watching anime. Anthony joined the Center for Ethical Solutions in September of 2015.

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Alice is a senior at Emory University majoring in chemistry. She wishes to continue studying bioethics through graduate school, and eventually apply the knowledge through practicing medicine. She is currently the president of the Emory Bioethics Society which she has been on the executive board for the past two academic years. Alice is especially interested in issues surrounding death, autonomy, and agency. She joined the Center for Ethical Solutions in September of 2015 and hopes to contribute and learn from the causes of the Center.

Srishti Belwariar

SrishtiBelwariar_internSrishti is a senior at Sayreville War Memorial High School.  She actively participates in DECA and a school-based computer club that encourages high school and middle school girls to learn computer science. Her interests are diverse, ranging from gardening to playing the Sitar, an Indian classical instrument. She is intrigued by how concepts of computer science and engineering can be applied to provide improvements in the field of medicine.  Her interests in bioethics grew from her AP Psychology class, where discussions were held regarding medical practices and their implications.  She realized that working for the Center for Ethical Solutions as a 2015 summer intern would provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about bioethics and to educate society about current medical practices. In working as an active member in the CES community, Srishti hopes to further her interest in the field of bioethics and contribute to the CES mission.

Dinesh Maheswaran

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Dinesh is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto in his third year. Upon graduation he wishes to pursue a career in medicine and research.  He was first introduced to the study of ethics in his freshman biology class and he became interested in the field instantly. With this strong interest, he began seeking literature on ethics to gain more knowledge,which led him to learn about ethics in relation in medicine. The complex nature of ethical issues within medicine and the challenges they pose continue to intrigue him. He believes that overcoming ethical issues in medicine is a crucial step in creating an effective healthcare system. Being an intern at CES, he is eager to learn more about CES while gaining valuable skills and guidance.

Tanvi Vippa 

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Tanvi is a rising junior at Briar Woods High School. She is very interested in bioethics because it integrates medicine with ethics. Ever since it was discussed in debate club and Science National Honor Society, she has become very interested in it. Next year, as co-captain of the LD debate team, Tanvi’s planning on having more practice debates about bioethical issues. She also wants to help the community and learn more about bioethical issues, by interning at CES. She hopes to use these experiences and research projects to help her pursue a career as a cardiologist. Tanvi’s also passionate about music. She plays the piano, violin, and learns classical singing. She joined the Center of Ethical Solutions in the summer of 2016.

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Rena is a junior at the University of Virginia majoring in both Statistics and Biology. Because she has not yet had the opportunity to study bioethics academically, she is particularly excited about treating her time at CES as an introduction to the field. She joined CES in March 2016 and plans to promote the work and goals of CES in any way she can. 

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Ved is a rising junior at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, VA. His interest in bioethics was first founded through his Biology classes where he got the opportunity to research about the ramifications of certain medical treatments. Furthermore, he is very interested in the fields of engineering and technology and their corresponding applications in transforming current medical treatments. At his high school, he is an active participant in the Science Olympiad team and is also very involved in the Math Honor Society chapter. He spends his free time volunteering at a physical therapy center and at a local blood donor organization. Ved is interested in learning more about bioethics and is eager to conduct research at the Center for Ethical Solutions. He joined CES as an intern in the summer of 2016.

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Divya Narayanan is a junior at Union County Academy for Allied Health Sciences. She is primarily interested in medicine and medical law. Her interest in health care ethics was furthered by classes such as Dynamics of Health Care in Society, Community Health, and Anatomy and Physiology. She is an avid participant and competitor in HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America). She also interns at a pulmonologist’s practice and volunteers at her local Emergency Medical Services Center. She is excited to learn more about bioethics and joined the Center for Ethical Solutions in January 2017.

Thahab Hawsa

Thahab graduated in 2016 with a MA in Bioethics from Duquesne University. Her plans include pursuing a PhD in bioethics. Thahab joined the Center of Ethical Solutions in the fall of 2016 and will contribute primarily to the American Living Organ Donor Fund. She hopes that her experience interning at CES will prove to be a great learning and professional opportunity. 


Pooja Chandrashekar 


Pooja is a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She is especially interested in the intersection between medicine and technology, and hopes to integrate her passions through a career in medicine. In college, she hopes to study neurobiology and computer science, in addition to possibly English language. Pooja’s interests range from creative writing and computational neuroscience research to encouraging girls in computer science and traveling. She is very interested in bioethics and its implications and hopes to continue studying issues in the field through working as a 2014 summer intern for CES. 


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Duaa is a rising sophomore studying Biology at American University. She aspires to be a physician and believes that ethics in medicine are just as important as the medical treatment itself. She joined the Center for Ethical Solutions in the spring of 2013 and looks forward to continuing her work with them as she advances in her career.

Shohini Gupta

Shohini is a rising junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She is actively involved in Model UN, and became interested in bioethical issues while representing the United States in a mock World Health Organization in which the topic was organ trafficking. Shohini intends to study international relations and economics in college, although she is fascinated by science and would like to explore the intersection between the two. She dances ballet, Bollywood, and Bhangra, and likes to travel the world.


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Brandy graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2004 with a BA in Politics, International Focus, and a minor in Philosophy. She was commissioned into the US Army that same year and served as an officer in the Military Police Corps for four years. Brandy earned her MS in Health Care Ethics in 2013 from Creighton University. She currently works at the Sheridan VA Healthcare System in Sheridan, WY, as the Administrative Officer for the Pharmacy Service. She serves as the healthcare system’s Preventive Ethics Coordinator and is an active member of the Consultative Ethics team. Brandy is excited to be working with the Center, and her special areas of interest include Veterans issues, palliative care, resource allocation, and different forms of autonomy.

Valeriya Svystun

Valeriya is currently an undergraduate student at Connecticut College, studying behavioral neuroscience and Slavic studies. She has a strong interest in legal and ethical issues in medicine and hopes to go on to law school after graduation. Valeriya joined the Center for Ethical Solutions in January of 2014. 




Eric Talgliaferre

Eric is a rising junior studying math and economics at American University. He joined the Center for Ethical Solutions in the summer of 2014. Eric is fascinated by the intersect of health and economics. It is a topic that CES addresses and one he would like to explore further.

Misha Murphy

Misha Murphy

Misha Murphy is a recent graduate of Mills College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology. She joined the Center for Ethical Solutions as an intern in January of 2014. Her interest in the ethics of end-of-life care began in 2011 when her mother was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Since her mother’s death in 2012, Misha has decided to pursue graduate studies focusing on end-of-life issues, though she is unsure if she wants to pursue this interest from a legal, psychological, or anthropological perspective.


Almir Karamovic

Almir Karamovic

Almir is nearing completion of undergraduate studies in Health Service’s Administration at the University of Detroit Mercy. In 2015, he begins graduate studies in Masters of Health Service’s Administration and Masters of Business Administration. Almir is interested in the: quality and improvement, operations, and financial aspect of health care. Almir joined the CES team in the summer of 2014 and interned until December 2014. Almir has professional affiliations with the American College of Healthcare Executives (Midwest Chapter), National Association of Health Service’s Executives (Detroit Chapter), Detroit Economic Club, Leaders for Kids Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit.

Joy Lehman-Schletewitz

Joy is participating at American University’s Graduate Gateway Program studying biotechnology after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Azusa Pacific University. She is working to learn more about how to help people in the medicaJoy Lehman-Schletewitzl field. In joining The Center for Ethical Solutions, she is excited to learn more about ethical arguments in health policies as well as different means of helping living donors have a more pleasant experience.

Jared Hite

jaredphotoJared received a BA in philosophy from Brandeis University in 2010. His studies focused on applied ethics in legal and political contexts, culminating in a research thesis analyzing medical patient autonomy. He intends to pursue graduate studies in public health and/or social policy. Jared joined the Center for Ethical Solutions in the fall of 2013, and he hopes to contribute to many projects. In his free time, Jared also volunteers for a global health and sanitation nonprofit organization.


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Erin is a rising senior studying Philosophy and English at Boston College. Gaining interest of bioethical and medical ethical issues through course work in both college and high school, Erin hopes to continue working on these issues after she graduates. Erin joined the Center of Ethical Solution in the summer of 2013.



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Emily is currently an undergraduate student at New York University going into her senior year. She is a philosophy major with a broad interest in Ethics, Specifically applied ethics including bioethics and environmental ethics. Her interest in applied ethics was sparked when she took an environmental philosophy course while studying abroad in Sydney.


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Emma Biegacki is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Public Health (Health & Societies), with a minor in Medical Anthropology. Interests include medical social work, application methods in narrative medicine, culture and medical stigma, international development in public health, cultural sensitivity in medical training, and human rights in healthcare. Emma currently serves as Co-Director of Communications for GlobeMed@Penn and Editor in Chief of “Dreams in Development,” the blog for critical writing in International Development of PennSID, for which she also writes on Global Health development. She is currently in collaboration on two professor-led research projects, in Cultural Anthropology and Nursing, respectively.


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Lauren is an incoming freshman at Washington and Lee University and recently graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.  She is interested in computer science and psychology, but is also fascinated by legal and ethical issues in medicine.   Lauren started with the center in June 2012 primarily working on website updates.


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Yeonsuk is a rising junior attending the Heights school, MD. He is primarily interested in biology, philosophy, and classical languages such as Latin and Greek. His interest in bioethical and medical issues sparked when taking philosophy course (for 3 years now) in his school and reading articles about it in magazines. Reading works of great philosophers also inspired him to keep thinking about ethical issues. When he graduates high school and moves onto college, he hopes to be able to keep working on such issues and also actively study bio and philosophy.


Simin Golestani

Simin is half Iranian, half American and grew up in Tehran until she was 16. She graduated from Macaelster college in St. Paul, MN in 2009 with a major in chemistry and minors in biology and sychology. She is currently working at Abbott Northwestern hospital as a cardiovascular surgical technician and is in the process of applying to medical school. Simin is very interested in issues of public health and medical ethics, and has been involved with the Center for Ethical Solutions as a Farsi translator for the project: Solving the Organ Shortage, lessons from Iran. She enjoys the translating very much, and as a result of this project has become very interested in the process of organ donations and has also begun volunteering at LifeSource in Minneapolis.

Sebastian Agredo

Sebastian agredoSebastian is a recent graduate of Boston College, where he majored in Philosophy and minored in German Studies. His interest in bioethics was sparked by a philosophy course during his junior year that dealt with the philosophy of medicine and the moral issues that are associated with the health sciences, and he hopes to pursue a master’s degree in bioethics in the future. Sebastian joined the CES in the summer of 2012 and is currently working on the “Organ Procurement Around the World” project.


Jordan Myers

Jordan is half German and half Filipino and enjoys software engineering. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and worked with the Center for Ethical Solutions during the Summer before he went on to DePaul University to study Computer Science. He programmed the Your Death, Your Choice: Interactive Guide.

Rebecca Kowalsky

Rebecca is a third year law student at Drexel University, concentrating in Health Law. She is also receiving her Masters of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. She has received her B.A. in Psychology from Brown University. Rebecca will be working on the Legal Trends in Bioethics for the summer 2011.

Sardar Hosseini

Sardar received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Imam Sadegh University in Tehran (Iran) and his MA in Political Philosophy from Carleton University in Ottawa (Canada). He then entered a PhD program in Philosophy at the University of Ottawa in Canada. While he is working on Hume’s philosophy of mind, Sardar has developed interests in Medical Ethics and has assisted the teaching staff as a TA in Bioethics courses at the University of Ottawa. Recently, he has begun interning at CES, and has translated legal documents from Persian into English relating to the “Sales and Moral Travails: Lessons from the Living Kidney Vendor Program in Iran” Project lead by Dr. S. Fry-Revere.

Claudia Kraft

Claudia is entering her third year at the University of Virginia where she is majoring in Human Biology and is looking to minor in Global Public Health. She has been working with the CES since the spring 2010 semester. Claudia has contributed to the End of Life Decisions Report as well as the Legal Trends in Bioethics, more recently. She is interested in a broad array of bioethics issues, particularly in human subjects’ research and in genetics. After graduating from UVa, she hopes to works towards a combined JD/MPH degree.

Anna Raphael

Anna Raphael received her undergraduate degree in Law and her Master’s degree in Financial studies from University La Sagesse. She recently finished another MA in Medical Law and Ethics (focus Bioethics) from the University of London – Queen Mary, UK. She began working as an intern with CES and researching the organ procurement system in Lebanon as a part of the Center’s “Organ Procurement Worldwide” project focusing on solving the shortage of organs in Spring 2010. She will also be collaborating in workshops to pupils and science teachers on harvesting stem cells from mouse bone marrow at University in London in the UK, where she can discuss the ethical issues associated with the stem cell research.

Megan Penrod

Megan Penrod is currently in her second year at Saint Louis University School of Law, specializing in Health Law with a concentration in civil litigation and will graduate in May 2012. She is an alumni of the University of Kansas where she obtained her B.A., studying public relations and business in 2009. She began interning at the Center for Ethical Solutions in late Spring 2010, contributing to the “End of Life Decisions Report” and “Legal Trends in Bioethics”.

Dara Jospe

Dara Jospe is a second year law student at the University of Ottawa. She has a bachelor and Master’s degree in philosophy where she became passionate about bioethics. Her research focuses on emerging health technologies and their ethical, legal and social implications. Dara has been working as an intern for the Center in the summer of 2010, contributing to Legal Trends in Bioethics.

Kelley Morgan

Kelley Morgan is a current master’s student in the TransAtlantic Masters program affiliated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is studying political science with a concentration in transatlantic relations. During the course of this program, she has had the opportunity to study at Sciences-Po in Paris, as well as the University of Siena in Italy, where she is currently studying. Previously, she obtained 2 bachelor’s degrees: one in Spanish and the other in international studies with an international relations focus, as well as a French minor. She finished these degrees Magna Cum Laude from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina in May 2009. During the summer of 2007, she studied abroad in Lille, France, taking courses on European politics and French. From June to August 2010, she researched the organ procurement issue in South Africa, Greece, and Germany

Carole Belgrade

Carole B. Belgrade has graduated in 2007 with an Master of Arts, Religion and Psychology, Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre Massachusetts. She has completed in 2004 a Certificate in Theological Studies at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. Prior to her theological studies, Ms. Belgrade graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. She has worked in both corporate and non profit organizations in the areas of database applications and quality control. Carole is a contributing writer for the Faith & Genetics Working Group report entitled:“Extending Human Life: Scientific, Ethical and Social Considerations, Challenges for the Church,”published in 2007. In addition to her academic work, Carole has worked as a contributing book reviewer for Science and Theology News – on line e-news. Carole began interning with the Center for Ethical Solutions in Summer 2010, focusing on the project involving end of life care and advanced directives.

Essica Zink

Essica Zink is in her second year of law school at Saint Louis University School of Law pursuing a Health Law Certificate and a concentration in Business Transactions. She graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington, with a B.A. in Studio Art and Art History. Essica began working with CES in the Summer of 2010. Essica has contributed to the Organ Shortage Project and is currently working on Legal Trends in Bioethics.

Amy Rowland

Amy Rowland is in her third year at Fordham Law School. She joined Legal Trends in Bioethics as an intern in Fall 2010. Rowland holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in health promotion from Virginia Tech, an M.S. from Smith College, and a B.A. from Kenyon College (magna cum laude). Prior to attending law school, Rowland served as an assistant professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her research focus was the health challenges faced by urban college students.

Lauren Hardesty

Lauren attended Purdue University where she studied pre-pharmacy for three semesters. However, after taking several Economics courses she changed her major to Economics with specialties in Political Science and Communications. She received her Bachelors of Science August 6th, 2010 in Economics and is currently applying to law schools. She plans to study either Health Care Law or Intellectual Property. Lauren has been working with CES since the fall of 2010 on Legal Trends in Bioethics.

Amira Elhagmusa

Amira Elhagmusa received undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Arabic from The Ohio State University in June 2007 and an M.P.H. in Health Services Management and Policy from the same institution in December 2008. Currently, she is a first year law student at Case Western Reserve University with an anticipated graduation date of May 2013. She began working as an intern for CES in fall 2010, contributing to Legal Trends. She completed graduate research in December 2008 on health system development and the aid environment, specifically the Sector Wide Approach (SWAP) and strategies towards MDG fulfillment.

Jacob Maul

Jacob Maul has just completed his first year at Saint Louis University School of Law, and graduated with a BA in Political Science from Saint Louis University. He worked with Sigrid Fry-Revere on the End of Life Decisions report. He is an intern during the Summer of 2010.

Stacey McCullough

Stacey McCullough is a second year law student at Saint Louis University School of Law pursuing studies in Health Law. She graduated from Webster University with a major in English and a certificate in legal studies. As an intern with CES in Spring 2010, Stacey has had the opportunity to participate in the “End of Life Decisions” Report by researching the relevant statutes for each state and US territory. Added to this, her research on organ transplantation in Germany has contributed to the Center’s “Organ Procurement Worldwide” project, which seeks to solve the issue of organ shortages.

Scott Daley

Scott Daley received a B.A in Public Health and Anthropology from Hampshire College. His research interests include social inequality and health care, race and ethnicity, biocultural anthropology, and critical violence studies. As an intern during the spring of 2010, he worked on the End of Life Decisions report. Currently, he is teaching English in Beijing, China. His non-academic interests include traveling the world, southern gothic literature, baking sourdough bread, and playing Irish folk music. He plans to work as an emergency medical technician when he returns to the states.

Marina Espinoza

Marina Espinoza Marina Espinoza is a researcher from southern California who graduated with a bachelors degree in both philosophy and business administration from the University of California, Riverside. Marina also has her masters degree in applied ethics from Utrecht University and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She has lived not only in Norway and the Netherlands, but also Italy and Mexico. She is passionate about human rights, US foreign and domestic policy, and international relations, particularly US foreign policy in the Middle East. Currently she is a political blogger for a blog she helped create that concerns itself with informing people on social and political current events.

Jeremy Salinger

jeremy salingerJeremy is a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in political science and economics while concentrating his coursework in health policy. Involved with the Center during the summer of 2012, Jeremy is also working in a lab at UPenn’s Perelman School of Medicine to gain hands on experience in a scientific research setting so he can better understand the implications of various health and research policies. He is interested in the relationship between bioethics, scientific research, and law, and his efforts with the Center have correspondingly been on the ethical dilemmas of global organ procurement and on military suicide rates.

Yichen Zhang

Yichen is a third year undergrad at the University of Chicago majoring in Economics. She interned during the summer of 2010, and contributed to the Center’s “Organ Procurement Around the World” project. Her wildest ambition is to minimize suffering in the world.

Adam Hemmings

Adam Hemmings is a third year at the University of Chicago working towards a BA in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. During the summer of 2010, he worked with the Center for Ethical Solutions on organ procurement, as a contributing author on “Legal Trends in Bioethics”, and on projects regarding end of life decisions. His interests include archaeological law and practice, local democracy and self-determination of nation-states.

Sadaf Sheikh

Sadaf Sheikh was introduced to bioethics while working for a project about informed consent in the Pakistani milieu. Sadaf received her masters in bioethics from The Joint Center for Bioethics, University of Toronto. She has previously worked as a research assistant for the first-ever cancer tissue bank in Pakistan, though currently Sadaf gives lectures about bioethics at King Saud University for Health Sciences in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Sadaf is also a Ph.D. candidate in Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine at The University of Sydney. Her dissertation explores the regulation of tissue exportation in the developing world. Sadaf began interning at the Center for Ethical Solutions in Spring of 2010 and contributed to the ‘End of Life Decisions’ report.

Kendra Bechtel

Kendra Bechtel is a Hampshire College student about to enter her Division III, or thesis year. While she is interested in bioethics, health policy, and neuroscience, Kendra is also passionate about working with patients in hospice. She plans on studying communication around dying and death in the United States during her last year at Hampshire. She has previously worked in Joshua Greene’s Moral Cognition Lab at Harvard University. During her work with the Center for Ethical Solutions for the Spring 2010 semester, she participated on their “Making End of Life Decisions Count” project and has wrote for their publication, “Legal Trends in Bioethics”. Her non-academic interests include everything to do with food, and she is an avid amateur baker and cook.

Heather Carter

Heather graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Ethics and Writing and a minor in Communication. During and since her undergraduate education, she has had a passion for bioethics and is currently working toward a career in the medical field. She was a spring 2010 intern working on the “End of Life Decisions” project. Heather enjoys working and researching bioethical topics and plans on continuing her education toward a career in medicine and medical ethics.

Victoria Elkins

Victoria received her Master’s degree in Bioethics from Union Graduate College/Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and her Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University. She was a Spring 2010 intern working on Patient Advocacy and The Documenting End-Of-Life Decision Making Report and is currently working on Legal Trends In Bioethics.

Mary Owens

Although Mary Owen currently works for Cisco as a technical writer, she previously contributed to the Legal Trends in Bioethics reports while interning with the Center for Ethical Solutions from Fall 2009 to Summer 2010. Added to this, Mary recently received her Masters of Bioethics from Union Graduate College in 2009, where she wrote her thesis on the ethical implications of what happened at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans. She hopes to collaborate with others to eventually get this published. Her passion for bioethics is one that has continually developed throughout her life. Taking science class after science class, Mary Owen could see where the conflict between medicine and ethics was going to arise and was amazed to see how humanistic beliefs shape the process.

Andrew Thomas

Andrew Thomas is pursuing a joint degree in law and public affairs at Indiana University-Bloomington and is expected to graduate in December 2011. He was one of the authors of the “Making End-Of-Life Decisions Count” report. He interned for CES in the spring of 2010. Andrew has more recently worked on a needs assessment focusing on heath and wellness issues for the United Way of Monroe County.

Cathy Dutchak

Cathy Dutchak recently earned her M.A. in International Commerce & Policy from George Mason University’s School of Public Policy. In the last year of her studies, she worked at the State Department in the Office of UN Political Affairs where she contributed to the office’s mandate of setting policy for important U.S. interests being considered in the UN Security Council, provided logistics for the UN delegation’s attendance at the Annapolis Middle East Peace Conference, and assisted in organizing bilateral meetings between State Department officials and the five newly-elected members of the UN Security Council.

She is interested in exploring health issues as they relate to international commerce. Her other areas of interest are economic development, including health, education and women’s empowerment, and U.S. foreign policy, especially in the Middle East. Dutchak completed a UN Fellowship during the final year of her studies. She has a B.A. in English from the College of William & Mary and is the mother of three children.

Michael Igoumenidis

Michael Igoumenidis graduated from the School of Nursing at the University of Athens. After graduation, he participated in the MA cause in Health Care Ethics & Law, hosted by the Centre for Social Ethics & Policy at the University of Manchester, which inspired him to pursue a doctoral degree there, and completed is doctoral thesis in 2008 on the issue of “double morality” as applied to health care professionals. Michael has worked as a researcher for the Hellenic Center for Disease Control, as a part time lecturer in various Institutes for Professional Training, and as a research associate at the University of Athens, Faculty of Nursing. Michael has participated in a number of international conferences as a speaker, which has allowed him to meet and discuss with various health care professionals, lawyers, and philosophers. Michael began working as an intern for the center in February 2010, and contributed to the “Making End-of-Life Decisions” project and provided some assistance with the Legal Trends.

Steve Chukwelbe

Steve Chukwulebe attends the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Business Administration at Loyola University Chicago to acquire degrees in Biochemistry and Finance. As a CES Intern during the Summer of 2009, he has been assisting Dr. Sigrid Fry-Revere with a documentary dealing with the CES project, “Solving the Organ Shortage”.

Nona Jiang

Nona Jiang is a second-year at the University of Virginia, looking to major in Human Biology and minor in Global Public Health. She was a CES intern during the Summer of 2009, working on Legal Trends in Bioethics.

Ava Simpson

As a summer 2009 intern for the Center of Ethical Solutions, Ava Simpson worked on non-profit development and co-authoring articles for Legal Trends in Bioethics. She is a student at The Catholic University of America, with an anticipated graduation date of 2011, where she is a staff member of The Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy.

Blair Busby

Blair received her undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sport Science and a minor in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After varied experience in supportive clinical healthcare roles, she has been exploring her interest in healthcare from a legal and political perspective. She is a Fall 2009 intern for Legal Trends in Bioethics. Blair enjoys the scientific aspects of medicine (particularly neuroanatomy), as well their legal and political application to healthcare policy.

Sonia Khanzode

Sonia Khanzode is a second year law student at the Catholic University Of America Columbus School of Law, and graduated from Michigan State University with a major in health studies and bioethics. She is president of the Health Law Society at Catholic for the 2009-2010 school year.

Maybelle Miranda

Maybelle Miranda obtained her MA in Bioethics from Midwestern University and her BS in Biology from the University of Dayton, where she concentrated in Philosophy and Social Justice Studies. She is a Fall 2009 intern, assisting with the “Legal Trends in Bioethics” column and working with Michael Kalis in researching other counties’ transplantation processes. She plans to further her education in Bioethics and stay in the adademic arena, possibly obtaining a PhD.

Claudia Ruiz Ibarra

Claudia Ruiz Ibarra holds an M.D. from Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua, in Chihuahua, Mexico. She was an Intern at a Christus group hospital, she performed social service work at a community clinic in Chihuahua, and was also the health coordinator for FUNDESPEN A.C., an ONG helping the rural areas of the Mayan Region. She is currently pursuing an M.A in bioethics at Anahuac University, in Mexico D.F. She was a CES intern during the Summer-fall of 2009.

Sheeba Koshy

Sheeba Koshy holds a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree and an M.A. in Philosophy from Binghamton University. She has been working on “Legal Trends” with Sigrid Fry-Revere since the Fall 2007 edition. She was a CES intern during the Fall of 2008.


Nahzy Buck

Nahzy Buck is a freelance Farsi linguist and educator, having most recently worked as a Research Translator for the Dari Translation Project at Carnegie Mellon University in 2009. Among her other positions, Nahzy was an Intelligence Analyst for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) in Ottawa, Canada. She taught as an adjunct Professor of Persian Language and Culture in the Department of Iranian Studies at Hankuk University (University of Foreign Studies) in Seoul, South Korea, for five years. She was also an adjunct Professor of Middle East History at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. A native speaker of Persian (Farsi), Nahzy also has a command of written Arabic, which is uncommon for native speakers of Persian. She received her Master’s degree in International Relations from Kyung Hee University in Seoul, and has legal training from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, with a focus on constitutional law and civil rights. She has long been an advocate of religious minority rights, especially with regard to the plight of the Baha’is in Iran who, among other things, have been barred from access to university education for the past 30 years by government policy.

Farhoud Faraji

Farhoud Faraji received his B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley and is currently a medical student at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Farhoud is interested in training in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and pursuing an academic and clinical career in medicine. His internship at the Center of Ethical Solutions, which began in the spring of 2009, has consisted of translating Farsi to English and helping recruit other native-speaking Farsi translators for CES projects.


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