Student Research

The Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University attracts students from throughout the nation and the world.

Our students complete research in diverse fields including the philosophy of medicine, sexual and reproductive ethics, death and dying, professionalism, public health ethics, neuroethics, and Catholic health care.

Shahram Ahmadi Nasab Emran

Ph.D. student

M.D. from Guilan University of Medical Sciences
M.A. in ancient languages and culture from the University of Tehran
M.A. in religious studies from the University of Virginia
M.A. in health care ethics from Saint Louis University

Research interests: Virtue epistemology, virtue ethics, philosophy of medicine and U.S.-Iran policy.

Michelle Bach

Graduate assistant

B.A. in biology from Agnes Scott College

Research interests: Biopolitics, neuroethics, mental health care ethics and philosophy of medicine

Lauren Baker

Graduate assistant

B.A. in philosophy from Saint Louis University

Research interests: Clinical ethics, pediatric ethics and Catholic health care

Kathrine Bendtsen

Graduate assistant

B.A. in international business and marketing from Niels Brock Copenhagen Business College
B.S. in biology from New Jersey City University
M.A. in health care ethics from St. Joseph's University
Post-graduate certificate in health administration from St. Joseph's University

Research interests: Sexual health ethics, reproductive health ethics, neuroethics, and death and dying

Abe Brummett

Graduate assistant

B.S. in philosophy/sociology from Murray State University
M.A. in history from Murray State University
M.A. in philosophy from the University of Missouri-St. Louis

Research interests: Philosophy of religion, metaethics, neuroethics and evolutionary ethics

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Aaliyah Eaves-Leanos

Ph.D. student

BFA from Carnegie Mellon University
J.D. from University of Kentucky School of Law
LL.M. from Indiana University School of Law

Research interests: Disclosure and truth-telling in health care, policy development, informed consent and human-subject research

Brandy Fox

Ph.D. student

B.A. in politics from the Catholic University of America
M.S. in health care ethics from Creighton University

Research interests: Ethics in psychiatric care, palliative care, end-of-life care, autonomy, and definitions and boundaries of the self

Annie Friedrich

Graduate assistant

B.A. in cultural anthropology and religious studies from Colby College

Research interests: Pediatric ethics, end-of-life care and decision making, clinical ethics, and death and dying

Phil Fung

Ph.D. student

B.A. in biochemistry and policy studies from Rice University
M.D. from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Research interests: Philosophy of medicine, medical ethics education, virtue ethics, clinical ethics and end-of-life care

Debra Gorman-Badar

Ph.D. student

B.S. in physical therapy from Saint Louis University
M.A. philosophy with teaching ethics emphasis from University of Montana

Research interests: Physical therapy/rehabilitation ethics and disability studies, feminist bioethics and women's and gender studies, and teaching ethics

Boaz Goss

Graduate assistant

B.A. in philosophy from Azusa Pacific University

Research interests: Medical humanities, platonic/scholastic metaphysics, Nietzsche/Girard, biopolitics

Jacob Harrison

Graduate assistant

B.A. in biology from Carroll College
M.A. theology from Aquinas Institute of Theology

Research interests: Catholic health care, clinical ethics, catholic moral theology, sexual and reproductive ethics, virtue ethics

Nathaniel Hibner

Graduate assistant

B.A. in theology/political science from Boston College
MTS in moral theology from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

Research interests: Catholic moral tradition, catholic health care mission, virtue ethics, health care system ethics

Ysabel Johnston

Graduate assistant

B.A. in philosophy from Azusa Pacific University

Research interests: Continental philosophy, philosophy of science, gender studies and virtue ethics

Kyle Karches

Ph.D. student

M.D. from University of Chicago
B.A. in philosophy from University of Notre Dame

Research interests: Philosophy of medicine, end-of-life care, medical humanities, virtue ethics and Catholic health care ethics

Jaime Konerman-Sease

Graduate assistant

B.A. in theology from Azusa Pacific University

Research interests: Theology, disability studies, mental health and ecofeminist ethics

Kayla M. Kostelecky

Ph.D. student

J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law
B.A. in international studies from University of Denver

Research interests: Research ethics, genetic and reproductive ethics, and neuroethics

Jason Lesandrini

Ph.D. student

B.A. in philosophy from Michigan State University
M.A. from Georgia State University

Research interests: Clinical ethics, ethics consultations, organizational ethics, and ethics programming

Ruaim Muaygil

Ph.D. student

MBBS from King Saud University
MBE in ethics from University of Pennsylvania

Research interests: Clinical ethics, end of life care and decision making, gender studies, and sexual and reproductive ethics

Allegra Merriweather
 

Graduate assistant

B.A. in philosophy and English  from Saint Louis University
M.S. in clinical ethics  from Clarkson University 

Research interests: Clinical ethics, reproductive ethics, ethics consultation, death and dying end of life care, and medical humanities

Jaroslaw Mikuczewski

Ph.D. student

B.A. in bioethics  from Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow - Poland
B.A. in philosophy from Jesuits School of Philosophy in Krakow - Poland
M.A. in biotechnology  from Wroclaw University - Poland 
M.A. in theology from Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow - Poland


Research interests: Catholic health care, catholic moral theology, death and dying, and end-of-life care and decision making                           

Gina Maria Noia

Ph.D. student

B.S. in political science and philosophy from University of Scranton

Research interests: Catholic moral tradition, faith and reason, sexual and reproductive ethics

Chris Ostertag

Teaching assistant

B.A. in philosophy and english from Rockhurst University
M.A. in philosophy from Texas A&M University

Research interests: Thomistic metaphysics, catholic moral tradition, ethical theory and reproductive ethics

Ben Parks

Graduate assistant

B.A. in biblical and theological studies from Wheaton College
B.A. in philosophy from Wheaton College
M.A. in bioethics from Trinity International University
M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Research interests: Ethics epistemology, christian scripture and ethics, hermeneutics, technology and eschatology, bioethics in the church, end of life, genetics and public policy

Kathryn E. Raliski

Ph.D. student

B.A. in political science from University of Notre Dame
M.A. bioethics from Wake Forest University

Research interests: Narrative medicine, relationships, and the proper use of information and communication technologies in health care

Timothy Rubbelke

Ph.D. student

B.A. in biology from Saint Louis University
M.A. in health care ethics from Saint Louis University

Research interests: Animal research ethics and human subjects research ethics

Adam Ruggles

Ph.D. student

B.A. in philosophy from Saint Joseph's College - Indiana
B.A. in political Science from Saint Joseph's College - Indiana
J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law

Research interests: Death and dying, end-of-life care and decision making, Catholic health care, Catholic moral tradition, and law and bioethics

Sarah Sawicki

Teaching assistant

B.S. in professional writing from Taylor University
M.A. in bioethics from Trinity International University

Research interests: Clinical ethics, personhood, death and dying, and reflective equilibrium

Kathryn Sheldon

SLU presidential fellow

B.A. in Catholic studies from Seton Hall University
M.A. in theology from Seton Hall University

Research interests: Catholic health care, systematic theology, animal research ethics, mental health care ethics, and sexual and reproductive health ethics

Kristen Senetar

Graduate assistant

B.S. in biology from Butler University
M.A. in bioethics from Case Western Reserve University
MSPH in health policy and health services research from Emory University 

Research interests: Clinical ethics,  pediatric ethics, Medical ethics education, law and ethics and genetics