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Past Postdoctoral Scholars

  • Amy Zhou

    Amy Zhou

    2018 – 2019

    Amy Zhou earned her bachelor's degree and Ph.D. in sociology from UCLA and was a postdoctoral scholar at the Institute for Practical Ethics 2018 – 2019. She is a medical sociologist interested in health inequalities in the United States and global setting.

    At the institute, Amy conducted research on the social and ethical implications of gene drive technologies. She published the article “Therapeutic citizens and clients: diverging healthcare practices in Malawi's prenatal clinics,” in Sociology of Health & Illness (Wiley Online).

Past Ph.D. Fellows

  • JiMin Kwon

    JiMin Kwon

    2018 – 2019

    While a fellow, JiMin Kwon was a Ph.D. student in the UC San Diego Department of Philosophy. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology and philosophy from the University of Dayton and was an undergraduate research fellow at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT. Her research interests include philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, and metaphysics.

  • Riley I. Taitingfong

    Riley I. Taitingfong

    2018 – 2019

    While a fellow, Riley Taitingfong was a Ph.D. candidate in the UC San Diego Department of Communication. Her research interests include Indigenous knowledge, science and technology studies, cultural meanings of health, and community engagement, including researching the development of gene drives for conservation purposes in Hawaiʻi.

Past Visiting Scholars

  • Sofia Efstathiou

    Sofia Efstathiou


    While a visiting scholar at the Institute for Practical Ethics, Sophia Efstathiou was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She works in philosophy of science, ethics of technology and art-based approaches to philosophy and responsible research and innovation.