Alana Castro-Gilliard

Alana is a recent graduate from The University of Virginia where she studied Human Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences. Her thesis research analyzed physicians’ opinions on prescription drug pricing in the United States. Alana’s interests in bioethics stem from a curiosity for the interplay between society and science with a specific interest in reproductive ethics, the ethics of healthcare, and the importance of storying in the medical field. Alana is currently working as a caretaker for a child with a genetic disorder and volunteering with Women’s Health Virginia and at the Charlottesville Free Clinic.


Conner Pike

Conner is a recent graduate from The University of Virginia. He lives in Charlottesville, VA, working full-time in the Department of Urology at UVA's hospital as a Medical Scribe. Conner is interested in telling historical stories about bioethics and how they shape conversations today. Although his interests are wide-reaching, he hopes to explore topics related to medicine.

Dallas Ducar - Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Dallas is a researcher, philosopher, and nurse. She works as a Research Associate at the U.Va. Compassionate Care Initiative, the Olsson Center for Applied Ethics, and as a psychiatric-mental health nurse. She is currently pursuing her psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner certificate and she volunteers weekly at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad. She has served as Editor-in-Chief of Grounds and on the Editorial Board of various additional publications. Dallas currently collaborates on research in the cognitive sciences and the implications that such findings have in relation to ethical theory, specifically clinical ethics and public health.


Jesse Persily

Jesse is a third year from Marlboro, New Jersey. He is currently pursuing a B.A. in Human Biology with a minor in Chemistry at the University of Virginia. Jesse is particularly interested in the bioethical and religious arguments surrounding reproduction and new reproductive technologies, in addition to his broader interest in applications of justice to the ever-complex realm of healthcare. In addition to his commitments as a staff writer, Jesse is the current Grants Chair of the College Council, is a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, and works as a research assistant in the Bauer Lab, where he applies his interest in cancer immunology to the management of pancreatic cancer.

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Katharine Biegert - Editor-in-Chief

Katharine is a third year in the College of Arts and Sciences studying biology and bioethics. She is particularly interested in human-centered design through multidisciplinary participation in solving logistical as well as ethical issues in patient care. Katharine currently works on surgical innovations in the Coulter Biomedical Engineering Lab in collaboration with UVA physicians. She also serves as the president of Health UnBound, a student group interested in promoting medical entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Virginia to increase holistic care.

Logan Brich - Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Logan is a third year in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia studying Global Public Health and Middle Eastern Studies. He is especially interested in the politicization of internationally coordinated humanitarian relief efforts, as well as the impact of sectarian and identitarian violence on the provision of health care in Israel/Palestine. His research focuses on utilizing public health frameworks as strategies for resolving religiously-related and identitarian violence in Israel/Palestine. In addition to working with the journal, Logan is the Chair of the Student Council Safety and Wellness Committee. He is also an intern and Peer Health Educator through the Department of Student Health, and has served as a teaching assistant for Nobel Peace Prize-winning Professor Jerry White's course, "Religion, Violence, and Strategy."

Joseph Pizzuti

Joe is a second year in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia. He is currently in the process of obtaining a B.S. in Biology, and hopes to pursue an M.D. or M.D.-Ph.D post-graduation. Joe is particularly interested in bioethical arguments surrounding medical and laboratory research, the pharmaceutical industry, and treatment of patients suffering from mental illness. Apart from being a staff editor, Joe also works as an undergraduate researcher in the Parichy Lab, attempting to better understand development and regeneration in Danio rerio, and currently volunteers at the University of Virginia Hospital.


Morgan Carter

Morgan is a fourth year in the College of Arts and Sciences pursuing a B.Sc. in Chemistry with Specialization in Biochemistry and a minor in Bioethics. She is interested in how medical research discoveries together with novel social issues influence public policy, transform the landscape of healthcare, and spark critical ethical discussions around the world. Morgan is currently a member of Landers Lab in the Chemistry Department at the University of Virginia; she studies the detection of infectious pathogens using microfluidic technology with the aim of developing an innovative tool for clinical diagnostics. Outside of research, Morgan is a TA for Organic Chemistry Lab, serves on the executive board for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars at the University of Virginia, and spends time volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville and other branches near home in the Shenandoah Valley.