Bioethics Core Faculty

Faculty members come together from several disciplines and departments to provide a unique cross-disciplinary perspective that is the hallmark of this concentration. The Bioethics Advisory Committee members include:

Suzanne Holland John B. Magee Professor of Science and Values; Department of Religion; Director, Bioethics Emphasis. Prof. Holland's research interests range from the ethics of human genetics and stem cell research, biotechnology and commodification, to broader issues in religion, culture and public policy. She teaches in the area of religious ethics and values, including bioethics, science and technology, religion, and Gender Studies. Suzanne is also the chair of the Bioethics Advisory Committee of the Bioethics Program.

 Leslie Saucedo Leslie Saucedo

Department of Biology. Prof. Saucedo's specific research focus within the broader field of cell biology is to understand the mechanisms that allow for unregulated cell growth: a basic hallmark of cancer. In particular, she uses the model organism, Drosophila, to identify how genetic changes can subvert the normal biology of cell growth and division. She teaches courses in the Biology Department ranging from Unity of Life (Biology 111) to Cancer Biology (Biology 441). She also co-teaches a Science, Technology, and Society class called Cancer and Society (STS302).‚Äč

  Kristin Johnson Science, Technology and Society Program. Prof. Johnson’s research focuses on the history of the naturalist tradition (taxonomy, natural history museums, ecology and conservation biology) and, most recently, on the relationship between science, medicine and religion. Some of her courses include: STS 100 Apes, Angels and Darwin, STS 330 Evolution and Society since Darwin, STS 370 Science and Religion, STS 366 History of Medicine, and STS 333 Evolution and Ethics.
(On leave 2020-21)

 Jung Kim Jung Kim Prof. Jung Kim’s research is focused on elucidating the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in regulating skeletal muscle phenotype under varying loads using rodents. The lab is also identifying some of the mechanisms regulating muscle repair following cardiotoxin-induced injury. Prof. Kim teaches EXSC 221: Human Physiology, EXSC 328: Neuromuscular Adaptation, EXSC 331: Scientific Writing, EXSC 424: Molecular and Cellular Advances in Neuroplasticity, EXSC 428: Advanced Neuromuscular Adaptation, and EXSC 430: Ethics in Sports
  Siddharth Ramakrishnan

Department of Biology and Neuroscience Program. Prof. Ramakrishnan's research interests span the field of developmental biology, neuroendocrinology and sensory-motor integration. He teaches Biology 362: Nanobiology; Connections 303: Art-Science: Intersection of Art, Science and Technology; Neuroscience 201: Foundations of Neuroscience; Neuroscience 350: Methods in Neuroscience; and Neuroscience 450: Senior Seminar in Neuroscience. 

(On leave 2020-21)

  Ariela Tubert

Ariela Tubert is Professor in the Department of Philosophy. Her primary research is in moral philosophy and theories of agency.  She received her B.A. in Computer Science and Philosophy from New York University and her M. A. and Ph.D. degrees in Philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin.  In addition, to her areas of research she teaches courses in philosophy of law, political philosophy, philosophy of gender, and environmental ethics.  

(On leave 2020-21)

  Hajung Lee Hajung Lee is an assistant professor in Religious Studies and Bioethics. She taught bioethics courses as a graduate writing fellow at Boston University. Her research focuses on ethnic minority immigrants’ end-of-life decisions. She received a BSE in biomedical engineering from Duke University (with a minor in music), a JD from Seattle University, an MAT from Fuller Theological Seminary, an MBE from Harvard Medical School, and a PhD in religious studies (social ethics) from Boston University.
Greg Johnson Gregory Johnson teaches in the Department of Biology. Courses include: Unity of Life (Biology 111), Cell (Biology 212), and Biochemistry (Biology 361). Bioethical conversations are incorporated into each of these courses to better equip students with an understanding of how biological information affects decision making in their personal lives and their general worldview.
Sam Liao

Sam Liao is Associate Professor of Philosophy. He teaches Basics of Bioethics with special attention to the ways in which oppressive systems, such as racism and ableism, function in medicine and technology. See his website ( for more information on his research interests beyond bioethics.