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Meet some of our current students!

Diana Cagliero Diana Cagliero is a native of Lexington, Massachusetts. As she is completing her BS in Anthropology and Human Biology at Emory, she is starting the MA in Bioethics program. Diana has worked at Massachusetts General Hospital researching fear extinction in subjects with anxiety disorders. She also interned with the World Health Organization in Venice, Italy working on issues related to the health problems of migrants and refugees. This experience awakened her interest in the difficulties of making health care choices with limited resources. This summer she worked with the Emory Global Health Institute on a research project in Haiti studying mental health stressors in women. She will apply to medical school with aspirations of continuing the study and implementation of bioethics in medicine as a physician.
Maria Davila Dr. Maria Davila is a foreign medical doctor, currently working in Research Compliance and Education with the Emory Institutional Review Board Office.  Before joining the Institutional Review Board, she worked as a research coordinator and microsurgery instructor for almost 9 years. She has been working with the Instituitional Review Board for the last 6 years. She has always being interested in research ethics and compliance, but decided to pursue this degree to learn more about bioethics and how this knowledge could help her improve research conditions for vulnerable populations.  She is also interested in social justice issues and human rights. She hopes this degree will help her in her current line of work, and that may open opportunities to collaborate in projects helping subjects in research.
Celeste Fong Kristina Celeste Fong is a recent graduate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and minor in philosophy. Having been involved in a laboratory researching Alzheimer’s disease, Celeste noticed the degree of work that was made possible in the lab, and the resulting impact that research could, and would, have in the real-world. As a pre-medical student, she subsequently became interested in exploring the implications of science, specifically neuroscience, research and practices. This led her to discovering the field of bioethics. Her primary interests in the field include end-of-life ethics, research ethics, and neuroethics. She hopes to use her experience to supplement her studies as she moves further on in her academic career.
Rosemarie Garland-Thomson Rosemarie Garland-Thomson is Professor of English at Emory University, where her fields of study are disability studies, American literature and culture, bioethics, and feminist theory. Her work develops the field of critical disability studies in the health humanities, broadly understood, to bring forward disability access, inclusion, and identity to communities inside and outside of the academy. She is the author of Staring: How We Look and several other books. Her current book project is Habitable Worlds: Toward a Disability Bioethics.
Anna Hull Anna Hull is a dual MA in Bioethics and Masters of Theological Studies student with a strong interest in end-of-life decisions in those with degenerative illnesses and disabilities. She is particularly focused on the need for expanded options in this population – a position held by many people with degenerative disabilities, contrary to most vocal disability rights advocates. She is interested in why this disconnect exists and better representing the actual desires of those with degenerative illnesses and disabilities, like herself.  Both Bioethics and Theology have given her the opportunity to explore this area from different angles.  Upon completing her degrees, Anna hopes to work in clinical bioethics in a hospital setting while also working to represent the views of those with degenerative disabilities in the disability rights arena.
Reid Johnson Reid Johnson graduated from St. Olaf College in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in philosophy while contemplating medical school. Reid decided to take a year off to travel Europe and discovered a love of travel and being immersed in other cultures. He then completed a master's degree in philosophy at the University of Oslo in Norway where his thesis focused on the moral permissibility of euthanasia. It was here in the crossroads of philosophy and medicine that he found an interesting and practical application for his interest in ethics and philosophy. After completing the MA in Bioethics program at Emory, Reid hopes to work in clinical ethics in a hospital setting, particularly in end-of-life cases.
Ashley Lanzel Ashley Foster Lanzel, MD is a pediatric hematology oncology fellow at Emory/Children's Hospital of Atlanta. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia with a degree in Cellular biology and minor in dance. She completed her medical doctorate at the Medical College of Georgia and her pediatrics residency at Johns Hopkins University. She is currently interested in end of life care in pediatric oncology patients, with a focus on bioethical concerns. Upon graduation from the MA in Bioethics program at Emory, she hopes to be able to further the research in bioethics related to pediatric palliative oncology.
Naomi Marshall Naomi Marshall is a Bobby Jones scholar from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Whilst completing her undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology, she developed a keen interest in the anthropology of science and society issues. Having analyzed ethnographies on the social impact of new medical technologies, Naomi is keen to explore these bioethical debates from a different angle. After completing the MA in Bioethics, Naomi hopes to pursue an academic career at the intersection of medical anthropology and the anthropology of ethics.
Grace Mattimore Grace Mattimore is a bedside Registered Nurse at Northside Hospital in the adult medical/surgical Intensive Care Unit. Over the past couple years, Grace has noticed more and more situations where a healthcare provider's moral standards may be questioned or tested due to the circumstances surrounding a patient's case, family dynamics, or both. Her interest in these ethically ambiguous situations that arise in an acute setting and their subsequent effects on staff, patients, and family have lead her to the MA in Bioethics program. Grace plans to continue her education by combining her Bioethics degree with an advanced practice degree in nursing. She would like to further explore opportunities in bioethics education and research while still dedicating time to the clinical setting where she is hopeful that her bioethics training will enhance her skills as a practitioner.
Donald Miller Donald Miller's interest in bioethics started early in his career in healthcare, as a chaplain. He was introduced to the complexities of bioethical conversation almost from the day one.  Now, twenty-three years later, he is still asking the same questions and still has very few answers, but he also has one solid guiding principle from his studies in bioethics. Just because we can… does not mean we must. For Donald, that is the heart of bioethics in healthcare. To be willing to ask the questions and push the conversation forward in pursuit of a solution that eases suffering and allows healing to be discovered in new ways.
Mikayla Paolini Mikayla Paolini recently graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Centre College in Kentucky with a BA in philosophy and is currently pursuing a dual JD/MA in Bioethics degree. Her academic interests lie at the intersection of health care policy and vulnerable populations, particularly concerning advances in biotechnology. Upon graduation, she hopes to use my MA in Bioethics to provide a more comprehensive perspective to legal clients and to better navigate the legal profession.
Julie Smith Julie C. Smith joined Emory University at the Rollins School of Public Health in 2014 as the Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships. For 10 years prior to working in academia, Julie served as the Director of Public Private Partnerships at the CDC Foundation. As such, she was charged with helping to connect outside resources and partners with scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to build effective public health programs. She is interested in applying a bioethics framework to population health and specifically to global public health partnerships. Julie hopes to consult on the formation and implementation of global partnerships as well as publish on the ethical framework around these when she finishes her degree.
Athan Tiliakos Since graduating from fellowship, Dr. Athan Tiliakos has had the opportunity to work as an attending physician at both Grady Memorial Hospital and The Emory Clinic. He has been able to witness the frailties of our healthcare system. Innovations in science and technology are allowing us to provide our patients with sophisticated diagnostic and treatment modalities that have significantly impacted morbidity and mortality caused by many diseases. These innovations come at a tremendous economic cost. Should everyone have access to these innovations? Athan applied to the Bioethics program in order to help provide him with the necessary tools to study these types of questions.