Past Supervised Students
Satomi Abe, Oxford Uehiro/St Cross Visiting Scholar
Satomi Abe is a graduate student at Kyoto University graduate school of letters, department of ethics. She studies meta-ethics, especially “reasons” and “normativity”.Her main interests in the field of practical ethics include the issues around “death”. Her subjects are wide-ranging and diversified: “What is bad about death?”; “How we should treat human dead body?”; “Conscientious objection on euthanasia”; and “Should animal taxidermy be ethically permitted?”.
Chavy Arora, Monash University
Having completed four years of a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at Monash University in Australia, Chavy undertook a Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSci) in Bioethics at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics under Professor Julian Savulescu. Her area of research is the ethics of treatment limitations in intensive care from a distributive justice perspective. Other areas of interest include global health (specifically the sociocultural determinants of women’s health), economics, and environmental science.
Roshini Balasooriya, BMedSci Student 2019
Roshini is an undergraduate medical student who has completed the first four years of her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree at Monash University, Australia. In 2019, she is undertaking a Bachelor of Medical Science under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Douglas and Dr. Michael Dunn. Her focus is on the need for integration of psychiatric services into the approach on homelessness, exploring the ethical undertones of whether homeless persons afflicted by mental illness must comply with psychiatric support in order to receive welfare payments.
Davide Battisti graduated with honours in Philosophy of Contemporary World at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan (Master Level) with a thesis titled “Third Decentration. Genome Editing with CRISPR/Cas9 from an Ethical Perspective” which was awarded the "Ethics and Medicine / Bioethics 2017/2018 Prize”, sponsored by the Lanza Foundation (Padua, IT). He is enrolled in the PhD program in Clinical and Experimental Medicine and Medical Humanities (Medicine and Human Sciences subsection) at the University of Insubria (Como – Varese, IT). From September to December 2019, he spent a research period at The Interfaculty Centre of Biomedical Ethics and Law (KU Leuven, BE).
He will be visiting the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Hilary Term 2020. His doctoral project is about parental responsibility and moral obligations towards future generations in the field of the continuous development of reproductive genetic technologies.
Claudia Brick, BMedSci Student 2018
Having completed her fourth year of medicine (MBBS) at Monash University in Australia, Claudia joined the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics to undertake her Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc). Under the supervision of Prof Roger Crisp (Oxford), Dr Guy Kahane (Oxford) and Prof Michael Selgelid (Monash), she will be undertaking research in bioethics focussing on issues surrounding wellbeing and the independent components that contribute to quality of life. This will include empirical research on how people might weight and make trade-offs with these components, for example happiness, autonomy and purpose fulfilment.
Ella Butcherine, BMedSci Student 2019
Ella Butcherine is a final year Doctor of Medicine student at the University of Melbourne, studying the ethics of conscientious objection in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). More specifically, she is interested in whether it may be permissible for individual doctors in the NICU to object to treatment, on the grounds of best interests and/or distributive justice.
Under the tutelage of Professors Julian Savulescu and Dominic Wilkinson, she hopes to develop answers to questions of resource allocation in the public hospital system, with a view to reconciling dissenting opinions. This encompasses questions such as, whether there is a threshold of expected benefit too small to justify treatment, and if so, where might it lie? What is the difference between reasonable and unreasonable disagreement, and how should each be addressed? What might be the implications of allowing conscientious objection on secular grounds?
When she’s not reading ethics papers, Ella can be found wandering through the countryside, sneaking sugar cubes to the Port Meadow ponies, or engrossed in the novel she’s picked out this week.
James Cameron, 2019
James Cameron is a PhD student from the University of Melbourne Law School. James is conducting research on laws governing end of life decisions for children. James holds an MA in Bioethics from Monash University and a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. James has previously worked as a Senior Policy Officer at the Department of Health and Human Services developing and implementing new legislation, such as the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 and advance care planning laws.
Chris Chew, Monash University
Chris Chew is a medical student from Monash University. He joined us for around six months to work on a Neuroscience/Neuroethics project under Dr Tom Douglas and Dr Molly Crockett.
Bernadine Dao, BMedSci Student 2017
Having completed her third year of medicine at Monash University, Bernadine joined the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics to undertake her Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc). Under the supervision of Prof Julian Savulescu, Dr Thomas Douglas, Dr Alberto Giubilini and Prof Michael Selgelid, she is currently undertaking research in bioethics with particular focus on the ethical issues surrounding antimicrobial resistance.
Miruto Deguchi is a graduate student in Kyoto university graduate school of letters, department of ethics. His research interests include Concept of Needs (D. Wiggins) / Metaethics (Sensibility theory)/ Political Philosophy. Prior to enrolling in Kyoto University Graduate School of Letters in 2014 he studied at Kyoto University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Sociology (2008-2013) completing a Bachelor of Arts in Literature. In 2014 he participated in "Oxford Exchange Program in Kyoto University" and joined Professor Julian Savulescu’s tutorial, and has been enrolled in "Author meets Critics" with Julian Savulescu. In 2015 he participated in "Oxford Exchange Program in Kyoto University" where he joined Dr Guy Kahane’s tutorial and was enrolled in "Author meets Critics" with Tom Douglas.
Daniel D'Hotman, Monash University
Having completed two years of medicine at Monash University in Australia, Daniel joined the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics for around 6 months to complete his Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc) in Bioethics. He was supervised by Dr Thomas Douglas and Dr Jonathan Pugh. Daniel's area of research is the ethics of coercive treatment in infectious disease control and the prevention of criminal recidivism. His other areas of interests include economics, politics, and ethical issues surrounding addiction and the 'War on Drugs'.
Lydia di Stefano, BMedSci Student 2018
Lydia has completed four years of her Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at Monash University. This year she will be undertaking a BMedSc(Hons) at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics under the supervision of Prof Dominic Wilkinson (Oxford) and A/Prof Catherine Mills (Monash). Her research focuses on ethical decisions about medical treatment at the borderline of viability in the light of current and future technologies. As well as reproductive and neonatal ethics, Lydia is interested in women's and children's health more broadly. She one day hopes to work as a doctor in this field.
Keyur Doolabh is an undergraduate studying a Bachelor of Medicine and a Diploma of Philosophy at Monash University, Australia. His main interests are animal welfare and social justice with a focus on Effective Altruism, though he also enjoys learning about philosophy, psychology, finance and programming. In 2016 he is doing research in bioethics under Professors Julian Savulescu and Dominic Wilkinson.
Joao Fabiano, DPhil Student
Joao is reading for a DPhil in philosophy at St Cross College. His research focuses on analysing possible severe long-term risks(e.g. existential risks) of moral enhancement, and thus finding out safe paths for performing it. Could there be a slippery slope effect where one small improvement in our morality would necessarily lead to many other unwanted changes? Is just one simple straightforward improvement in morality(e.g. increasing cooperation) safe? Could we create a future without moral value by performing many iterations of moral enhancement? Moreover, and to help answer those questions, he is also looking into social simulations as a way of modelling the spread of moral enhancement. Joao has done a MPhil and undergrad degree in philosophy at University of Sao Paulo and did research in 2-D semantics, cognitive enhancement, cognitive bias, trolley problems and experimental psychology.
Emily Feng-Gu, BMedSci Student 2018
Having completed her Diploma of Philosophy and four years of her Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery(Hons) at Monash University, Emily joined the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics to undertake her Bachelor of Medical Science. Working under the supervision of Professor Julian Savulescu, Dr Rebecca Brown, and Associate Professor Justin Oakley, Emily's research will focus on the roles of responsibility and privacy in healthcare. Her other interests include animal ethics, literature, and mythology.
Thomas Goodwin, BMedSci Student 2017
Having completed four years of a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at Monash University in Australia, Tom will be completing a Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc) under Professor Julian Savulescu, Professor Michael Selgelid and Dr Christopher Gyngell. Tom will be looking at the ethics behind gene editing, genetic selection and enhancement and the implications of new reproductive technologies. His other interests include economics, politics and distributive justice.
Olivia Grimwade, BMedSci Student 2019
Olivia has just completed her fourth year of a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She joins the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics to undertake a Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc) under the supervision of Prof Julian Savulescu and Dr Alberto Giubilini (Oxford) and Prof Justin Oakleigh (Monash). The focus of her research will be the ethical issues surrounding the financial compensation of participants of controlled human infection models (CHIM). In her spare time she enjoys running, playing hockey and reading.
Yoshiyuki Hayashi, Oxford-Uehiro-St Cross Visiting Student Scholar
Mr Yoshiyuki Hayashi is a recipient of an Oxford-Uehiro-St Cross Visiting Student Scholarship. This Scholarship scheme is made possible through the generosity of the Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Education, with a view to providing opportunities for graduate students who are ordinarily resident in Japan to study at Oxford for one year as a visiting student.
Mr Hayashi is a Ph. D student of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science in the University of Tokyo, Japan. His current research interests are problems of self, mind and consciousness. During his time at the Uehiro Centre he will focus in particular on the philosophical foundation of mind uploading. His PhD thesis concerns the problem of fission, fusion and duplication of self. He is a member of the Philosophy of Science Society Japan, The Japan Association for Philosophy of Science, and Japan Association for the Contemporary and Applied Philosophy. He is also one of the organizers of a young philosopher’s forum in Japan.
Dean Hayden, BMedSci Student 2017
Dean Hayden is an undergraduate student completing a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He has completed a Diploma of Liberal Arts with a major in Political Science, and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc) in Bioethics at the Uehiro Centre under the supervision of Professor Dominic Wilkinson. The focus of his research will be in resource allocation for resuscitation of extremely preterm infants in low and middle-income countries. He also holds a strong interest in animal welfare and the Effective Altruism movement.
Maximilian Kiener, DPhil Student
Maximilian is a DPhil Candidate in Philosophy, specialising in moral and legal philosophy. Before embarking on the DPhil, Maximilian completed the BPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford (two year graduate programme) and earned a BA in Philosophy and Public Law from the University of Regensburg in Germany. Maximilian is also a Europaeum Scholar working on international politics.
His current research project is entitled “Voluntariness, Consent, and Justification” and supervised by Prof John Hyman and Prof Dominic Wilkinson. It focuses on consent to medical procedures and in particular on the conditions that make consent voluntary. In addition to various aspects related to consent, Maximilian also discusses the concept of voluntariness more generally and explores its significance as a key concept in moral philosophy.
Kosuke Kiyama is a doctoral student at the University of Tokyo, Japan. He has worked and published in the field of global justice, with a special focus on human rights theory and ethics of international development. His recent research focuses on the three topics: the relationship between the circumstances of the current world and the notion of human rights, ethical analyses of influential aid policies, and the analysis of post-MDG goals on reduction of world poverty.
Chie Kobayashi, Oxford Uehiro/St Cross Scholar
Chie Kobayashi is a PhD student in the department of ethics at Hokkaido University, Japan. She holds a BA from Ochanomizu University in philosophy and completed a MA in Hokkaido University. Her research concerns meta-ethics, focusing on quasi-realism and expressivism. Her interests in the field of practical ethics include the ethical issues in dual-use researches. In particular, she is interested in the debate on researchers’ responsibilities for dual-use researches.
Sarah Munday, BMedSci Student 2019
Having completed her 4th year of the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree at Monash University in Australia, Sarah has joined the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Bioethics to undertake a Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc(Hons)) in 2019. Sarah will be researching the ethical issues associated with subfertility and its treatment under the supervision of Prof Julian Savulescu and Dr Hannah Maslen (Oxford) and Prof Catherine Mills (Monash). In her spare time she enjoys running, music and art.
Tara Nair, Monash University
Tara is a medical student from Monash University in Australia who, after her second year, undertook the Honours degree of Bachelor of Medical Science in the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics under the supervision of Professor Julian Savulescu, Dr Dominic Wilkinson and Dr Ryan Tonkens (Monash University). Her research concerned Personal Values and Health Care particularly looking at the ethics of patient choice of refusing treatment and requesting more expensive and/or less effective alternatives.
Masanori Oikawa, Oxford Uehiro/St Cross Scholar
Masanori Oikawa is a PhD student in the department of biomedical ethics at the University of Tokyo, Japan. His research concerns the ethical and social issues pertaining to biobanks, focusing on both theoretical and practical aspects of informed consent, return of results and the status of human biospecimens for research purposes. He is currently working on his thesis that will include questionnaire surveys to the stakeholders in biobanks and the general public. His further interests extend into public engagement in medical studies as well as science communication and empirical bioethics.
Takuya Okada, Oxford-Uehiro-St Cross Visiting Student Scholar
I am a PhD student in the Graduate School for Law and Politics at the University of Tokyo. I am working on Thomas Hobbes’s view on Christian religion and his use of the Bible in Leviathan in the context of the English Civil War. During my stay at the Oxford Uehiro Centre, I will investigate the possible relationship between Hobbes and radical Puritanism (enthusiasm, antinomianism, mortalism, and so on).
Virimchi Pillutla recently completed his 4th year of Medicine at Monash University and is currently completing his Bachelor of Medical Science in bioethics at the Uehiro Centre. He is also studying a Diploma in Liberal Arts (Majoring in International Studies) and is eager to learn more about the intersection between medicine, ethics, economics and politics. Virimchi’s research interests include resource allocation and efficient health systems as well as doping in sports. He is excited to spend this year at the Uehiro Centre and experience new ways to think about health problems pervasively affecting our society.
Benjamin Pojer, Monash University
Ben joined the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics having completed four years of a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at Monash University in Australia. Ben undertook a Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSci) research project in Bioethics under the supervision of Professor Julian Savulescu and Dr Guy Kahane. Ben’s area of research was disability ethics, focusing on the role of reproductive technologies in preventing and causing disability.
Dr Hiroyuki Sato, Oxford Uehiro/St Cross Scholar
Hiroyuki Sato is a child psychiatrist in Japan and a project researcher at the University of Tokyo Center for the Biomedical Ethics and Law. He has a BS and a MS in Engineering from Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Technology, a MD from Niigata University, and a MPH and a PhD from the University of Tokyo. His PhD thesis was about attitudes of doctors towards disclosing Autism Spectrum Disorder to children. His main interests are medical ethics and public health ethics.
Kate Scott, Monash University
Kate Scott is a medical student from Monash University in Australia. After completing her fourth year of medicine and also completing a major in philosophy, with personal interests in meta-ethics and philosophy of mind, she joined us for six months to complete her Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc) in Bioethics, supervised by Prof. Julian Savulescu. Her area of research was the ethics of the use of disability adjusted life years (DALYs) in deciding how scarce medical resources should be distributed, focusing on the potential for systematic discrimination against the disabled. Her primary areas of interest are disability and distributive justice.
Tsutomu Sawai, Oxford-Uehiro-St Cross Visiting Student Scholar
Tsutomu Sawai was the first recipient of the Oxford-Uehiro-St Cross Visiting Student Scholarship. This Scholarship scheme is made possible through the generosity of the Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Education, with a view to providing opportunities for graduate students who are ordinarily resident in Japan to study at Oxford for one year as a visiting student.
Tsutomu is a Ph. D. student of Department of Human and Environmental Studies in Kyoto University, Japan. His academic fields are the history of religions and the Japanese philosophy of religion. Tsutomu is a member of the Japanese Association for Religious Studies as well as the Association of Japanese Intellectual History. The theme of his B. A. thesis in Tenri University was "Perspectives of Religion in Contemporary American Society: in regard to Robert N. Bellah's sociological theory of religion." The theme of his M. A. thesis in Kyoto University was "'Habits of the Heart' in Sekimon-Shingaku: from the phenomenological perspectives of religion". On the basis of his research of the Japanese religious thought from the historical viewpoint of religions, he made a presentation entitled "Difference of Values and Value of Differences: a reconsideration of Bellah's 'Civil Religion'" at the Uehiro Cross-Currents Philosophy Conference, held at University of Hawai'i, Manoa in 2010. Moreover, in 2011, at the tenth East-West Philosophers’ Conference in University of Hawaii at Manoam, he read his paper of a comparative research on ecological ethics in Japan and the United States. His present research interests are in an exploration of the applicability and implication of traditional Japanese values for bioethical discourses, and also in a comparative study of religious ethics in American and Japanese societies. Tsutomu’s articles include "'Habits of the Heart' in Sekimon-Shingaku: With Special Focus on Ishida Baigan's Experience of 'Self-Awakening' and His Thought".
Jack Skeggs, BMedSci Student 2017
Jack is medical student from Australia who has completed the first 3 years of his Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree and Diploma of Philosophy at Monash University before joining the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics to undertake a BMedSc(Hons) under Prof. Julian Savalescu and Dr. Guy Kahane. His focus is on the moral distinction between acts and omissions, why we intuit it and what relevance it has or should have to medical policy, in particular its implications for collective responsibility for infectious disease. His other areas of interest include Effective Altruism and existential risk.
Kanako Takae, Oxford Uehiro/St Cross Scholar
Kanako Takae is a doctoral student at University of Tokyo, Japan.
She holds a BA from Denison University in philosophy with minor in physics, and completed a MA in University of Tokyo. She is currently working on her thesis, focusing on animal ethics. In particular, she is interested in ethical issues surrounding various forms of technological interventions on domesticated animals.
Areti Theofilopoulou, DPhil Student
Areti is a DPhil student at St Cross College, supervised by Prof. Dominic Wilkinson and Dr Tom Sinclair. She graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with an MSc in Political Theory, where she conducted research on luck egalitarianism and genetic engineering. Prior to that, she had completed a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Warwick, where she wrote her thesis on kidney sales and political liberalism. Her DPhil research concerns the problem of exclusion that arises in Rawlsian contractualism due to the theory's account of personhood, which appeals to a threshold of reasonableness and rationality; in particular, she examines the implications of the theory for foetuses, children, future generations, unreasonable citizens, individuals with severe mental impairments, and non-human animals. Her further interests include the debate on perfectionism and anti-perfectionism, political legitimacy, moral enhancement, and the question of what we owe to children.
James Tranter holds a Diploma of Liberal Arts and is currently an undergraduate student of Medicine and Surgery at Monash University in Australia. His primary interests are virtue and moral culpability, and religious ethics. James entertains a wide variety of interests and is always eager to engage other researchers on their work, should they agree to tolerate his incessant questioning. In 2016, James is undertaking an examination of personal and institutional obligations in the prevention and management of Malaria and Pandemic Influenza as part of the ‘Social Responsibility and Infectious Disease’ project.
Katy Maree Wagner, Monash University
Katy Maree Wagner is an undergraduate student completing a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. In 2015 she completed a Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) during which she gained some valuable research experience at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. During her time at the centre, she focused on the ethical issues posed by the use of transcranial direct electrical stimulation for enhancement in children.
Eric Xie, BMedSci Student 2018
Eric is an undergraduate student completing a Bachelor of Medicine/ Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at Monash University, Australia. In 2018, he is undertaking a Bachelor of Medical Science supervised under Prof. Julian Savulescu, Dr. Thomas Douglas, Dr. Hazem Zohny, and A/Prof Justin Oakley. His research is focused on brain scanning and algorithms used to predict criminal behaviour, and neurointerventions for behavioural modification. His other areas of interest include rationalism and moral responsibility.
Lauren Yip, BMedSci Student 2018
Having completed her fourth year of Medicine at Monash University, Lauren joined the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics to undertake a Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc). Under the supervision of Dr Katrien Devolder and Prof Michael Selgelid, she is currently undertaking research on the ethical issues surrounding the genetic modification of animals, in particular mosquitoes to reduce the transmission of malaria.