Introducing the 2013-2014 Petrie-Flom Student Fellows

The Petrie-Flom Center is pleased to welcome our 2013-2014 Student Fellows. During the coming year, each of the fellows will pursue independent research under the supervision of Center faculty and fellows. They will also be regular contributors at the Bill of Health on issues relating to their research.

Matthew Baum is a second year MD-PhD student in the Health Science and Technology (HST) combined program of Harvard and MIT where he hopes to integrate his interests in clinical, scientific, and ethical aspects of mental health. He recently completed a DPhil at the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics where his doctoral work, supported by a Rhodes Scholarship, concerned the ethical implications of the development of predictive biomarkers of brain disorders. Matthew also completed an MSc in Neuroscience at Trinity College Dublin as a George Mitchell Scholar and holds a BS and an MS in Molecular Biology from Yale. During his medical and neuroscience training he hopes to maintain a strong engagement with neuroethics; he currently acts as the student representative to the International Society for Neuroethics and will further explore the intersection of biological risk and disorder during his time at the Petrie-Flom Center.

Nathaniel Counts is in his third-year at Harvard Law School. He is interested in the role of law and lawyers in the treatment of mental health issues, with a focus on behavioral disorders, including intersections with the criminal justice system. He is also interested in the use of a right to healthcare in human rights lawyering and international development.  Nathaniel graduated from Johns Hopkins with a major in Biology and a minor in Entrepreneurship and Management.   Prior to law school, he studied creative writing at Bar-Ilan University in Israel.  His past research has focused on the federal government’s response to marijuana legalization, including recommendations for public health initiatives; he has an article on this subject forthcoming in the Gonzaga Law Review in 2014.

Jeremy Kreisberg is a third-year student at Harvard Law School.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, where he majored in Political Science.  Prior to law school, Jeremy spent one year as a paralegal at Proskauer Rose LLP.  Jeremy is currently a Notes Editor on the Harvard Law Review, and has previously served as the President of the HLS Democrats and the Secretary of the HLS Chapter of the American Constitution Society.  He was also a semi-finalist in the Upper Level Ames Moot Court Competition.  During his law-school summers, Jeremy has worked as an intern in the Medicare Branch of the Office of Management and Budget and as a summer associate at Williams & Connolly LLP.  Jeremy has been published in the Harvard Law Review, and he was the co-author of a policy brief that appeared in “Is U.S. Government Debt Different?,” a book published by the Wharton Financial Institutions Center.  After school, Jeremy will clerk for Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Ching-Fu Lin, the 2013-2014 Peter Barton Hutt Student Fellow, received his LLM in 2010 from Harvard Law School, where he is currently a candidate for the SJD. He holds a double degree in law (LLB) and chemical engineering (BS) from National Taiwan University. He is currently Researcher and Associate Journal Editor at the Asian Center for WTO & International Health Law and Policy.  His areas of research include food safety regulation, WTO law, international health law, and international relations theory.  His legal scholarship has appeared in numerous journals and edited collections including Global Food Safety: Exploring Key Elements for an International Regulatory Strategy (Virginia Journal of International Law, 2011), SPS-Plus and Bilateral Treaty Network: A “Global” Solution to the Global Food Safety Problem? (Wisconsin International Law Journal, 2012), and Reassessing the Limits of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Columbia Science and Technology Law Review, forthcoming).

Julián Urrutia is a PhD candidate in Health Policy, Ethics Concentration, at Harvard University. He holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2009, Julián enrolled in the Medical School of the University of Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Julian’s interests lie in the intersection between ethics, constitutional law, and health policy, with a particular focus on disparities in health outcomes and health resource prioritization. Over the summer of 2013, Julian worked at the Colombian Ministry of Health and Social Protection as part of a team in charge of creating a regulatory framework for new medical procedures. He also served as Ad Hoc Secretary to the Bioethics Committee at the Colombian National Medical Academy, which was commissioned by the Ministry of Health to draft a law bill to update the Medical Code of Ethics. Additionally, Julian is coordinating a project to undertake a health needs assessment in Colombian national prisons, which is being funded by the Administrative Unit for Penitentiary Affairs of the Colombian Ministry of Justice and Law, and which will be implemented beginning in the summer of 2014.

Michael J. Young is a second-year medical student at Harvard Medical School. His current research examines the ethical dimensions and philosophical framework underlying standards of care in medicine and public health.  Prior to arriving at Harvard, Michael completed an MPhil in philosophy at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar, where he focused on philosophical issues relating to medicine and the mind. In the past he has worked as a Patient-Family Advocate in the Emergency Department at Johns Hopkins Hospital and as a research assistant in the Division of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied resource strain and decision procedures surrounding allocation of scarce resources in intensive care units. Most recently, Michael was awarded the Henry K. Beecher Prize in Medical Ethics from Harvard Medical School.

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