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02/10/2017  BOSTON, MA    Bioethicist Jeantine Lunshof (cq) poses for a portrait at Harvard Medical School.   (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

Jeantine Lunshof

Ethicist, Philosopher

02/10/2017  BOSTON, MA    Bioethicist Jeantine Lunshof (cq) poses for a portrait at Harvard Medical School.   (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

Jeantine’s research interests are concerned with philosophical research ethics in the field of genomic sciences and biological engineering where disruptive technological innovations call for epistemological and normative exploration. She conducts her philosophical and ethical work as a full-time ethicist on the workfloor of the lab.

At the Wyss Institute, she leads the implementation of the model of “Collaborative Ethics” across the field of Biologically Inspired Engineering. Focus areas are computer-designed programmable life forms like Xenobots and biobots, synthetic biology including genome recoding and organoid research, and organ-on-chip translational research that aims to bridge the gap between lab-based human model systems studies and human clinical trials.

Jeantine developed the innovative model of Open Consent for the Personal Genome Project, as a collaborator of George Church in the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Department of Genetics.

She is a member of the Faculty of the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics and teaches Responsible Conduct of Science at the Division of Medical Sciences at HMS. She is affiliated with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and the Edmond J Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.

Jeantine received her B.A. in Philosophy and Tibetan Language and Culture from the University of Hamburg, her M.A. in Philosophy and Health Law from the University of Amsterdam, and her Ph.D. from VU University Amsterdam. She was awarded a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship (2013-2015) for the study of conceptual and normative questions in systems biology.

Jeantine Lunshof
Wyss Innovation Funnel & Collaborative Ethics as a dynamic model: Philosophy and Ethics can be involved from the earliest stage of research with philosophical analysis of initial ideas and concepts, moving through normative analysis and applied ethics towards advice on technology translation. Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University.
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