Our Distinguished Faculty
Ruha Benjamin is on the faculty of Princeton University and is the author of People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier (Stanford University Press 2013). She writes and speaks widely on the tension between innovation and equity in the U.S. and globally, and is actively involved in initiatives to transform public engagement with science, technology, and medicine. She has been awarded fellowships by the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Science Foundation, the Harvard Kennedy School Science, Technology, and Society Program, and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine among other honors.
Arthur Caplan is currently the Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and founding head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center. He is a fellow of the Hastings Center, the NY Academy of Medicine, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the American College of Legal Medicine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has authored or edited thirty-two books and over 600 papers in peer reviewed journals.
George Church is is Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, Director of the NIH Center for Excellence in Genomic Science, and founder of PersonalGenomes.org (open access medical data). His technologies lead to the first genome sequence in 1994, various "next generation sequencing" methods, the first genomically recoded organism in 2013, CRISPR RNA-guided gene drives and gene therapies, plus bio-safety/security and data sharing ethics/policy innovations. His honors include election to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and of Engineering (NAE), and Franklin Bower Laureate.
Robert Friedman is the Vice President for Policy at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI). He directs JCVI’s Policy Center, which examines the societal and policy implications of genomics, synthetic biology, and other areas of modern biology and biomedicine. Prior to joining JCVI, Friedman worked for many years for the U.S. Congress, advising Congressional committees on science and technology policy issues. He also co-founded an environmental policy think tank in Washington D.C. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Dan Gincel, through his dual roles as Vice President for University Partnerships at the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) and Executive Director of the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund, oversees programs on university research, tech transfer, and commercialization and innovation that contribute to economic growth in Maryland. Dr. Gincel received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy (Biochemistry and Neuroscience) from the Ben-Gurion University (Israel). His postdoctoral fellowship was at the Johns Hopkins University (USA).
Ubaka Ogbogu is an Assistant Professor in the Faculties of Law and Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Katz Research Fellow in Health Law and Science Policy at the University of Alberta. He is also a member of the University of Alberta’s prestigious Health Law Institute. His scholarly work focuses on the points of intersection and confrontation between ethics, morality, law and social justice in relation to the governance of novel biotechnologies. His publications have appeared in prestigious academic journals including Nature Biotechnology, EMBO Reports, BMC Medical Ethics and the Journal of International Biotechnology Law.
Steven Arthur Pinker is a Canadian experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, linguist, and popular science author. He is a Harvard College professor and the Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University and is known for his advocacy of evolutionary psychology and the computational theory of mind.
Margaret Somerville is Samuel Gale Professor of Law, Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, and Founding Director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University. She authored several books and has edited others, as well as publishing chapters and articles in academic texts, and comment columns in the mainstream media, totalling many hundreds. She has received many honours and awards including the Order of Australia, eight honorary doctorates and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2003 she was chosen by an international jury as the first recipient of the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science and in 2013 was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for services to higher education.