Bioethics Emphasis 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/Bioethics Emphasis faculty includes:

Suzanne Holland John B. Magee Professor of Science and Values; Department of Religion; Director, Bioethics Emphasis. Dr. 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.

(On Leave Fall 2018)
 Leslie Saucedo  Leslie Saucedo Department of Biology. Dr. 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. Dr. 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.

(Interim Chair, Bioethics Program, Fall 2018)
 Jung Kim  Jung Kim Dr. 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. Dr. 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. Dr 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. 
  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.  
  Ha Jung Lee Ha Jung Lee is an assistant professor in Religious Studies and Bioethics. She taught bioethics courses as a graduate writing fellow at Boston University. She is a PhD candidate in religious studies (social ethics) 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, and a MBE from Harvard Medical School. 
Ryan Pferdehirt Ryan Pferdehirt is an adjunct professor in Religious Studies and Bioethics. He also serves as the Bioethicist and Department Chair of Bioethics at MultiCare Health System. His research areas include moral philosophy, end-of-life ethics, and advance care planning ethics. He is a doctoral candidate in Bioethics at Loyola University Chicago. He received his BA in Humanities (Philosophy and English Literature) from the University of Pittsburgh, and MS in Health Care Ethics from Creighton University. 
Sam Liao

Department of Philosophy. Dr. Liao teaches Basics of Bioethics with special attention to traditionally marginalized perspectives, such as those that are concerned with racism and ableism and medicine and technology. See his website ( for more information.