Past Students

Katherine Wayne

Katherine Wayne (Master’s in Philosophy with Specialization in Bioethics at McGill in 2008) is pursuing a PhD in Philosophy at Queen’s University. Her Master’s thesis aimed to provide a critique of the ideological and normative theoretical aspects of the so-called research imperative; this project was published in Perspectives in Biology and Medicine. Her PhD dissertation focuses on the ethics of childbearing.

Ariella Binik

Ariella Binik is a doctoral student in philosophy and bioethics. Her academic interests focus on the ethics of research with human subjects. Some of Ariella’s research explores challenges arising in medical research involving groups or communities rather than individual subjects. Her doctoral thesis analyzes the justification of risk thresholds in the ethical guidance governing research involving children.

Before joining the Rotman Institute, Ariella took a BA in philosophy at McGill University and an MA at the Biomedical Ethics Unit at McGill University. While at McGill, Ariella was a member of the Clinical Trials Research Group (CTRG). She is currently involved in a multidisciplinary collaboration addressing ethical and methodological challenges in cluster-randomized trials.

Clarissa Allen

Clarissa completed her MA in Philosophy with a specialization in Biomedical Ethics in 2011.  Her thesis, entitled "Intellectual Property and Biotechnology; Theoretical Arguments and Empirical Evidence", focused on the impact of patenting on access to and development of new biotechnologies, and was published as a book by Lambert Academic Publishing in 2011.  During her MA, she held a one year training fellowship with the The APOGEE-Net/CanGèneTest Research and Knowledge Network on Genetic Health Services and Policy.

Following her MA, Clarissa completed a four month internship at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.  She then returned to Montreal to pursue a B.C.L/LL.B at McGill University.  She now works as a  research assistant at the Center of Genomics and Policy, McGill and Genome Quebec Innovation Center, while continuing her studies.  As part of her work, Clarissa has published articles in BMC Medical Ethics and in the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, and has presented at academic conferences in Montreal, Ottawa, San Francisco, Berlin, and Stockholm. She currently holds the Réseau de Médecine Génétique Appliquée's Louis-Daillaire Fellowship.

Lori Seller

Lori Seller enrolled in McGill’s Masters in Philosophy with specialization in Bioethics hoping to pursue a career in clinical ethics.  Her Master’s thesis entitled, “Why the little mermaid stopped singing…” used a feminist, relational approach to the concept of autonomy to analyze how oppressive social forces might hinder children from developing and exercising their autonomy in the health care setting and uncovered a tendency to silence the voice of the child within bioethical discourse. Upon graduation in 2010 she combined her clinical experience as a Respiratory Therapist with her educational background and was hired as the clinical ethics consultant for the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the McGill University Health Center.

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