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A list of PFGS Alumni with short bios.

Arif Attar : PhD from Newcastle University in Public Engagement and critical discourse analysis. PFGS General Secretary in 2009, currently working at a Business School in Mumbai, with a view to extend research on GM Foods and Public Engagement.

Charlotte Augst : PhD from the University of London in the mid 2000s, on British and German legislative discourses about embryo research and new reproductive technologies around 1990 and in 2000/2001

Caroline Benjamin : PhD from the Department of Nursing at the University of Liverpool in the mid 2000s. Research on women referred from primary care due to a family history of breast cancer.

Kean Birch : PhD (2007) from the Department of Planning, Oxford Brookes University on the relationship between space, knowledge and technology in the biotech industry.

Adam Bostanci : PhD from the University of Exeter, on The Human Genome. A summary is available here.

Jennifer Bostock : Wellcome Trust doctoral student in the early 2000s at the School of Law, Kings College London. Her PhD topic is discussed in a newsletter here and summarised here.

Hugh Browton : part-time PhD student at Lancaster University. Researched into the patenting of human DNA.

Helen Busby : PhD (2004) from the University of Nottingham, on a Wellcome Trust Biomedical Ethics programme doctoral training grant. Her thesis ‘Exploring the meaning and ethics of blood donation for genetic research’ is summarised here, and a bio here.

Victoria Chico : PhD from the Law Department at Sheffield University. Her doctoral research investigated the role of tort law in addressing novel genetic and legal problems. Her book, Genomic Negligence, was recently published by Routledge. Contact us if you want to review it!

Filippa Corneliussen : PhD from the University of Nottingham, entitled ‘Regulation and the social and ethical accountability of new biotechnology firms’ is summarised here.

Oonagh Corrigan : PhD from University of Essex, (2000) which examined clinical drug trials and bioethical regulation. Involved with the PFGS as a post-doctoral research fellow in the department of Sociology at Goldsmith’s College, London, her Wellcome funded work from 2000-2003 is summarised here.

Heather Davey : PhD on familial communication about genetic testing for hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) from the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney.

Cornelis Dekker : PhD (2009) from Linkoping University on Judging in the Public Realm: A Kantian Approach to the Deliberative Concept of Ethico-Political Judgment and an Inquiry into Public Discourse on Prenatal Diagnosis. The full text of the thesis is available for free download from the University here.

Kris Dierickx: PhD from the K.U. Leuven (1998) in Medical Ethics. His thesis was a philosophical, historical and moral theological investigation of the presuppositions and conditions for genetic screening.

Conor Douglas : PhD from the University of York (2009) and moved from there to the Translational Genomics Research Group at the University of British Columbia. He now works at the Rathenau Institute on the Sybhel Project.

Claudia Downing : PhD (2001) from the University of Cambridge. Her dissertation was entitled ‘Reproductive decision-making in families facing the risk for Huntings disease : perceptions of responsibility’. Her subsequent post-doctoral research at the Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge, was funded by the Wellcome Trust and a summary is available here.

Rony Duncan : PhD about predictive genetic testing for Huntingdon’s Disease in teenagers and young adults, specifically whether there is a justification for refusing to test adolescents. She now works in Melbourne, Australia, holding a NHMRC Postdoctoral fellowship on competence assessments in adolescent patients.

Adrian Ely : PhD (2006) concerning the use of scientific evidence in the regulatory appraisal of genetically modified insect resistant crops, using case studies from the US, UK, France and Austria.

Karin S. Fester : PhD Candidate University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. Holds an MA in Philosophy from the Open Univesrity, UK.

Agomoni Ganguli : PhD Candidate in Bioethics, Department of Philosophy, University of Basel. Her thesis is entitled ‘Vulnerability and the Ethics of International Clinical Research‘ and is being completed during a visiting researcher stay at the Department of Philosophy and Kennedy Institute at Georgetown University. Agomoni also holds an MSc. in Medical Ethics from Imperial College London (Chevening Scholar) where she researched ‘A Virtue Ethics Approach to Genetic Enhancement‘.

Sally Gee : PhD (2007) from the Centre for Research on Innovation and Competition (CRIC) which is part of the Institute for Innovation Research at the University of Manchester. Her thesis was on user-producer interactions and the exchange of knowledge in the area of scientific instrumentation.

Ingrid Geesink : PhD (2006) from the University of Cardiff, Wales. Her thesis was entitled Risk regulation of tissue engineering in the EU; a political economy of medicine. A summary is available here. She then became an ESRC/MRC postdoctoral fellow at CESAGen.

Sahra Gibbon : PhD (2003) in Social Anthropology from University College London. Her PhD research looked at the ‘interface between gendered cultures of breast cancer activism and the translation of knowledge and technologies associated with two inherited susceptibility genes discovered in the 1990s – BRCA1 and BRCA2′. Her 2007 book, Breast Cancer Genes and the Gendering of Knowledge covers her findings

Roy Gilbar : PhD (2004) in medical law and medical ethics from the Queen Mary University of London. His thesis concerned doctors’ and patients’ responsibilities in communicating genetic information to the patient’s relatives, focusing on legal and ethical mechanisms of Anglo-American law and bioethics.

Imogen Goold :  PhD (2005) in Law and Modern History from the University of Tasmania. The thesis ‘explored the  use of property law to regulate human body parts‘. Her current work is in the history of medicine ‘examining the impact of moral arguments on the regulation of IVF’.

Jane Gow : PhD (2000) at the Department of Public Health, University of Glasgow. The study, funded by the MRC, examined views towards reproductive screening programmes of young women living wiht a condition for which screening is offered (spina bifida and cystic fibrosis) compared with the views of other young women in the general population.

Martin Gürtler : PhD Candidate at the Copenhagen Business School, working on Building of sustainable competitive advantage within the context of NovoNetTM, an IT concept developed by Novo Nordisk A/S, a Danish pharmaceutical company. 

Bonnie Green : PhD at the University of Exeter as part of Egenis on genetic technologies, through lab ethnography.

Geogrina Haarhoff : PhD at the Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge. Her research topic was the issues surrounding hereditary bowel cancer and genetic testing, and the communications and disclosures around this.

Janus Hansen : PhD (2005) in Political and Social Science from the European University Institute, Florence. His thesis was entitled Framing the Public – Three Case Studies in Public Participation in the Governance of Agricultural Biotechnology.

Adam Hedgecoe : PhD (2000) from the Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London, on geneticization in Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes and Schizophrenia. His Post-doctoral research on pharmacogenetics, funded by the Wellcome Trust, is summarised here.

Jan Hodgson : PhD from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne Australia. Her thesis was titled ‘Testing times, challenging choices’ exploring the experiences of a cohort of women making decisions about diagnostic prenatal tests and the role of genetic counselling in that process.

Ingrid Holme : PhD from Egenis, the ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society at the University of Exeter. Her thesis ‘Genetic Sex : ‘a symbolic struggle against reality?’ is available for download from the Exeter repository here.

Michael Hopkins : DPhil from the University of Sussex, SPRU, on ‘The implementation of Genetic Testing Services in the NHS

Klaus Høyer : PhD in Medical Ethics, University of Umeå. His research focused on the social implications of an ethics policy developed in relation to a Swedish start-up biotech company, and the use of informed consent.

Lotte Huniche : PhD in social psychology entitled ‘Everyday conduct of life with Huntingdon’s Disease’ at the University of Copenhagen.

Hazel James : PhD (2004) from the University of Nottingham, entitled Criminal Responsibility, Abnormal Mental States, and the Functions of Expert Medico-Psychological Evidence’ which examined the intersection of law and mental health discourses around decisions about criminal responsibility.

Mavis Jones : PhD (2004) from the University of East Anglia. Research done in conjunction with her role as research associate on the project ‘The Governance of Human Genetics’ funded under the ESRC Innovative Health Technologies Research Programme.

Nadja Kanellopoulou : PhD from AHRC/SCRIPT on law and community genetics. She was an ESRC Genomics Forum Research Fellow (Edinburgh) and INNOGEN research associate.

Zeynep Kivilcum Forsman : PhD (2002) from the Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) on genetic engineering and international law, abstract here (in French). Subsequently took up a postdoctoral position as a UNESCO fellow (Bioethics) in Paris.

Mett Marri Laegsgaard : PhD (2007) from Aarhus, Denmark in the area of psychiatric demography, and a project concerning the ethical aspects of psychiatric genetic research and testing, for more see here.

Adele Langlois : PhD (2008) from the Open University which took an international relations perspective on the negotiation and implementation of three UNESCO declarations on genetics and bioethics. She is now a lecturer at the University of Lincoln.

Nicola Lindsey : PhD from Imperial College London on ‘gene talk’ – the symbolic significance of genetics in everday discourse.

Caitriona McLeish : PhD (2002) from SPRU, University of Sussex on bio-disarmament and bio-technological change, an abstract of which is available here.

Sara Melendro-Oliver : PhD from Egenis at Exeter. Her research looked at the representation of genomics in the media, issues of power and control in Spain and the UK.

Femke Merkx : PhD from the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at the University of Twente, on the role of hybrid forms in the societal embedding of new genetic knowledge and medical biotechnology. In 2003, she was a Marie Curie Fellow at SATSU, University of York.

Andy Miah : PhD (2002) is now the director of the Creative Futures Research Centre, and blogs in a personal capacity here.

Ainsley Newson : PhD (2002) in Bioethics from the University of Melbourne. She conducted post-doctoral work with the London IDEAS Genetics Knowledge Park at Imperial College, and is now a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol, and coordinates the Synthetic Biology project SYBHEL.

Sarah Parry : PhD (2003) from the University of Edinburgh on public debates in stem cell research. She now conducts research around the economic and social issues of Stem Cells at the Institute for the Study of Science Technology and Innovation (ISSTI)

Shaun Pattinson : PhD from the University of Sheffield from the SIBLE program. He is now a Reader in Durham Law School.

Mikko Rask : PhD (2008) from the Helsinki University of Technology in “green biotechnology” , an overview of which is available here. He now works as a Senior Researcher at the National Consumer Research Centre Finland, exploring sustainable living environments through research, foresight and technology assessment.

Grace Reid : PhD (2009) from the University of Cardiff, on Cross Cultural Audience Engagement with Representations of Genetic Risk.

Amber Ronteltap : PhD (2007) from Wageningen University, entitled Public acceptance of nutrigenomics based personalised nutrition – exploring the future with experts and consumers.

Antoinette Rouvoy : completed a PhD on the evolution of privacy and individual autonomy in the light of the new human genetics at the Law Department of the European University Institute (Florence Italy) and the Centre for Philosophy of Law Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium). She is now a Lecturer and Senior researcher at the Information Technology and Law Research Center (CRID) of the University of Namur.

Emma Rowley : PhD from the Institute for the Study of Genetics, Biorisks and Society at the University of Nottingham. She now works for the Nottingham University Business School.

Saskia Sanderson : PhD from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL on the psychological impact of genetic tests for clinical use, funded by Cancer Research UK.

Harald Schmidt : PhD candidate at the LSE, thesis to constitute a comparative analysis of individual behaviours in relation to cancer and wellness policy in Germany and the UK. Currently based at the University of Pennsylvania Centre for Health Incentives and Behavioural Economics (CHIBE).

Sebastian Sethe : PhD from the University of Sheffield, concerning collaborative innovation management in the biotech sector. He currently works for Life Sciences law firm Lawford Davies Denoon.

Jai Shah : MSc in International Health Policy at the LSE, with a focus on biomedical policy and legislation, specifically genetic testing and insurance.

Kadri Simm : PhD (2005) in Philosohpy from the University of Tartu, Estonia. She is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Tartu’s Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics.

Sarah Smith : Medical Research Council funded PhD at Nottingham University, analysing the construction of familial breast cancer and coronary heart disease within clinical practice.

Andrew Smart : PhD from Plymouth University, Currently a Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa, having worked on issues of race and ethnicity, biobanks and DNA testing.

Terry Sullivan : PhD focusing on genetic causation, specifically whether it is possible to apportion causal responsibility for phenotypes between genes and the environment.

Kenneth Taylor : PhD (2006) from PEALS at Newcastle University, on Genetic Science in the Risk Society : the contrasting responses of government and public.  Works at PEALS as a Wellcome Research Associate.

Mark Taylor : PhD from the University of Sheffield on the morality of regulating genetic discrimination, and the legal and ethical issues of genetic information in a contractual context. He is a Lecturer at the Sheffield School of Law.

David Tsetse : PhD (2009) from the Centre for Environmental Science at Leiden University. A summary of his thesis on environmental management and pollution in developing countries is available here.

Katya Tugendsam : interests in PGD and bioethical tourism, Wellcome funded scholar at Imperial College London.

Aaro Tupasela : PhD (2008) from the University of Helsinki on Rights and Responsibilities in Biotechnology, the emergence of human tissue collections as a resource in the production of biomedical knowledge. Now working in Helsinki on explanations of population variation ‘Constituting Difference Through Genetics’.

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