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Post-Doctoral Fellows 

Xiaoying LiXiaoying Li is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health. Before coming to McGill University, she worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher with Prof. Ellison Carter at Colorado State University, U.S.A. She completed her doctorate at the College of Environmental Science and Technology in Peking University, China in 2017.

Xiaoying Li’s research interests include indoor, outdoor air quality and personal exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and their chemical compositions and source contributions. Her current research project mainly focuses on the impact of Beijing household energy transition on indoor, outdoor air quality and personal exposure, for which, she carried out field-based studies in China to collect indoor, outdoor, and personal exposure PM2.5 samples with a large team.

xiaoying.li3 [at] (Email)

Vanessa RamptonVanessa Rampton is a Branco Weiss Fellow at the Institute for Health and Social Policy and the Philosophy Department. Prior to coming to McGill, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at ETH Zurich’s Chair for Practical Philosophy. She holds a PhD (2013) from King’s College, University of Cambridge where she was a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholar. Her research is concerned with how philosophical ideas are adapted and reappropriated in concrete (historical, institutional) situations, and what these transformations can tell us about the ideas themselves. She has published on philosophical liberalism and conservatism, and has a long-standing interest in how empirical examples can challenge commonly held assumptions about these ideologies.

Vanessa Rampton’s current project examines ideas of progress in contemporary medicine. She is particularly interested in how debates on progress and its inevitable associate, technology, always rely on conceptual presuppositions about patient well-being. She researches these presuppositions using examples from a number of social strata within contemporary society, including patients, physicians, tech-actors, and pays special attention to those working in AI and robotics. It is a first aim of this project to explain why ‘medical progress’ is inevitably partial, incomplete, and associated with ambivalences. A second aim is to show that progress is never a stand-alone concept. The challenge is therefore to disentangle beliefs about medical progress from broader, shared beliefs in modern societies.

vanessa.rampton [at] (Email)

Ugo Gilbert TremblayUgo Gilbert Tremblay holds a Ph.D in law (University of Montreal) and philosophy (University de Geneva) and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University's Faculty of Law, working on a project supervised by Professor Daniel Weinstock and entitled "Hate Speech as a Public Health Issue: Neuroscience and the Legal Contours of Freedom of Expression in Canadian Law." After having devoted his master's thesis to the concept of involuntary fault in Plato's work, he became interested in the impact of neuroscience on the foundations of imputability in criminal law as part of his doctoral research. His dissertation, which has been judged "outstanding", was chosen in 2021 by the Faculty of Law of the University of Montreal to represent it at best theses competitions. The University of Montreal also selected his dissertation to represent all disciplines in the "Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences" stream for the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS). Since 2015, Ugo Gilbert Tremblay is also a member of the editorial board of the magazine L'Inconvénient for which he has published numerous essays.

ugo.g.tremblay [at] (Email)



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