The Petrie-Flom Center is pleased to welcome our new 2014-2015 Student Fellows. In the coming year, each fellow will pursue independent scholarly projects related to health law policy, biotechnology, and bioethics under the mentorship of Center faculty and fellows. They will also be regular contributors here at Bill of Health on issues related to their research.
Christine Baugh is a first year student in the Ethics concentration of Harvard’s Health Policy PhD program. She received her BA in History and Science from Harvard College in 2010 and her MPH from Boston University School of Public Health in 2012 concentrating in Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights. Since her graduation in 2010, Christine has been studying the effects of brain trauma on contact sport athletes and military veterans. Broadly, Christine’s research interests involve the interaction between evolving science, policy, and society.
Kelsey Berry is a second year student in the Doctoral Program in Health Policy and Ethics at Harvard University. She completed her undergraduate work at Princeton University where she studied Political Philosophy and Neuroscience. Her undergraduate thesis traced the interactions of domination and servility in the republican theory of liberty expressed in Jean Jacques Rousseau’s philosophy. Kelsey has worked in health policy through various research fellowships: on a health service delivery project at an ophthalmological hospital in India; on an evaluation project in neonatal health at Children’s Hospital Boston; and on a technology development and clinical adoption project at a medical engineering research center. Kelsey’s current research interests include the ethical design and use of summary measures of population health, analyzing health provider duties to the public health, the ethics of biotechnology regulation and adoption, and global justice. She is currently conducting empirical research in mental health policy.
Emily Largent is this year’s Peter Barton Hutt student fellow. She is in her second year at Harvard Law School and is a PhD candidate in the Harvard Program in Health Policy. She holds a BSFS from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and a BSN from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Emily has published articles on topics including emergency research without informed consent, IRB members’ attitudes toward payment of research participants, access to orphan drugs, and research-care integration. She is a co-author of Clinical Research Ethics Consultation: A Casebook, a collection of case studies in research ethics. Her current research interests include payment of research participants and markets for organs and tissues.
Zachary Evan Shapiro is in his second year at Harvard Law School. Zachary received his BA in Human Health and Medical Ethics from Brown University in 2009 and an MSc in Biomedicine, Bioscience, and Society in 2012 from the London School of Economics. He continued his studies in 2013 at Harvard Law School, in order to pursue his interest of the intersection of law, ethics, and biomedicine. He is a Legal Fellow at Harvard’s Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center, where his work focuses on projects related to returning clinical trial results, post-trial access, and the ethics of clinical trials. Zachary’s current research interests in neuorimaging in criminal law build upon his prior publications in the field of neuroimaging and neuroethics.
Vadim Shteyler is a Fourth-year student at Harvard Medical School. He received his BS in Biology from Brooklyn College in 2011. His prior research and publications explored novel therapeutics and molecular pathways in Cancer Biology. His current research combines empirical research methods with analytic philosophy to answer medically relevant ethical questions. His interests include the ethical issues in transgender health, unique ethical challenges surrounding informed consent in obstetrics, and models of informed consent.
Lauren A. Taylor, MPH is a Presidential Scholar and third year Master of Divinity Candidate at Harvard Divinity School (HDS). At HDS, she studies the ethics of health care delivery and serves as a Research and Development Director in the Science, Religion and Culture program. Prior to arriving at HDS, Lauren received a joint BA/MPH degree from Yale and worked for several years at the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute. Lauren’s first book, co-authored with Elizabeth H. Bradley, PhD and titled The American Health Care Paradox, was released by Public Affairs in November of 2013 and has since become required reading at several top-tier medical and public health schools across the country.