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David Magnus, Ph.D.
Thomas A. Raffin Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Ethics and Professor (Teaching) of Medicine (Primary Care and Population Health)
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsGenetic testing, gene therapy, genetically engineered organisms, and the history of eugenics. Stem cell research and cloning, and egg procurement. Examining ethical issues in reproductive technologies. Organ transplantation including donation after cardiac death, ethics of listing decisions. End of life issues in both adults and children.
Assistant Professor (Research) of Pediatrics (Biomedical Ethics)
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsNIH/National Institute of Mental Health
“Ethical, Legal and Social Implications in the Use of Digital Technology for Mental Health Applications”
Greenwall Foundation Making a Difference in Bioethics Grant
“Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Digital Phenotyping”
Daphne O. Martschenko
Assistant Professor (Research) of Pediatrics (Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics)
BioDaphne Martschenko, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics.
I hold an MPhil from the University of Cambridge in Politics, Development, and Democratic Education and in 2019 received a Ph.D. in Education, also from the University of Cambridge. My doctoral work investigated teacher perspectives on the role and relevance of genetic data for education, focusing on how behavioral genetics research on educational attainment and intelligence intersected with educators’ conceptualizations of racial and socioeconomic disparities in the American education system. I have appeared in numerous podcasts including Freakonomics Radio. I’ve had my work published in publicly accessible media outlets like Scientific American and The Conversation. My work advocates for and facilitates research efforts that promote socially responsible communication of and community engagement with social and behavioral genomics.
Currently I am writing a book with my friend and colleague Sam Trejo, a quantitative social scientist interested in how social and biological factors jointly shape human development across the life-course. In it, we unpack various social, ethical, and policy issues related to the DNA revolution. The floodgates of genetic data have opened, resurfacing age-old debates and raising new questions. We hope our book moves past the dichotomies—interpretivist vs. positivist, qualitative vs. quantitative, optimism vs. pessimism regarding biological explanations—that vex the biosocial sciences.
Maren Monsen, MD
Sr Research Scholar, Pediatrics - Center for Biomedical Ethics
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMaren Monsen, MD has directed multiple documentary films that have been nominated for Emmy Awards, broadcast on PBS, translated into many languages for international broadcast, and used in 75% of medical schools across the country. Her films include The Revolutionary Optimists, Rare, Worlds Apart, Where the Highway Ends and The Vanishing Line. She is the founder and director the Program in Bioethics and Film at Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics.