I am a fifth year Ph.D. candidate in the philosophy department at Princeton University. This academic year, I am also a visiting student in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine (University of Pennsylvania).
My primary research interests are in biomedical ethics. I also have secondary interests in neuroethics. In this area, I co-authored an article in the Maryland Law Review that explores the constitutionality of neuroscience-based lie detection.
I am currently writing a dissertation about some of the ethical issues that arise in clinical genetic testing. It is undeniable that genetic tests can reveal valuable, potentially life-saving, information about an individual’s current and future health. But with knowledge of one’s hereditary risks comes many difficult choices, some of which may affect the health and wellbeing, not only of oneself, but of one’s relatives and, possibly, one’s future children. My dissertation explores the following three questions: On what grounds would providers have a duty to warn patients’ relatives of their genetic risks? Do patients who test positive for a genetic mutation have a moral obligation to share their findings with their at-risk relatives? And, finally, should insurance companies cover the costs of screening embryos for genetic mutations?
Going forward, I plan to explore the ethical questions that arise when genetic testing moves from the clinic to the open market.
I am also interested in the moral permissibility of medical paternalism towards older children and adolescents. In particular, I am interested in two case studies: pediatric euthanasia and gender dysphoria in children.
Before coming to Princeton, I received a B.A. in philosophy from Bates College.