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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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 biomedical research and novel clinical discoveries intersect public health and policy to advocate for social justice, health equity, and the moral imperative in the modern world. Morgan is currently a member of Landers Lab in the Chemistry Department at the University of Virginia; she studies microfluidic technology with the aim of developing innovative tools for clinical and forensic diagnostics. Outside of research, Morgan is the Chapter President of 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.

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Nathan Welch

Nathan is a third year in the College of Arts and Sciences studying biology at the University of Virginia. He has an immense interest in studying the social and psychological aspects associated with subjects of medical research. Nathan also has a profound interest in the role of animal rights in biomedical research. Currently, Nathan works part-time for the Valley Health System in the northern Shenandoah Valley. He spends his spare time volunteering as both a firefighter and emergency medical technician.

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Helina Sirak

Helina is a third year student in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia. She is currently in the process of obtaining a B.A. in Cognitive Science with a concentration in neuroscience and a minor in bioethics. Helina is particularly interested in studying the role of bioethics in the care of patients with stigmatized illnesses like epilepsy. She serves as vice president of a CIO at UVA called Spreading Epilepsy Awareness, whose goal is to promote awareness of epilepsy and fundraise for the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia. This summer, she will be interning at an epilepsy awareness organization in Ethiopia working to promote awareness and reduce the stigma of epilepsy in Ethiopia. She also serves as co-editor of The Stall Seat Journal, a publication of UVA's Office of Health Promotion. 

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Adam Seid, M.Ed.

Adam currently serves as Assistant Director for Graduate Admission & Financial Aid at the UVA School of Nursing. Adam completed his undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and his master’s in higher education administration from the UVA’s Curry School of Education where he is presently working on his doctorate in higher education. Adam has spent his entire career in the education space, first teaching high school English and then working in international education. He worked in many capacities with Semester at Sea and has sailed around the world four times. An avid traveler, Adam has visited more than 70 countries, but loves that Charlottesville and UVA are where he calls home.

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Sara Rizvi

Sara is a first year in the College of Arts and Sciences, planning on pursuing a B.A. in Biology with a minor in Anthropology. She is particularly interested in Bioethics as it constantly holds cutting edge scientific advancements to ethical standards and questions the morality of current practices as well. Specifically, she focuses on the implications of legislation on the reproductive health of women. Sara currently is a member of the iSERVE Undergraduate Research Consortium and a volunteer through the UVA hospital.

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Jennifer Price

Jennifer is a critical care nurse from western North Carolina.  She is currently pursuing a master's certificate at UVA to become an acute care nurse practitioner.  Jennifer strives to participate in conversation that explores who we are as humans and how best to shape science and medicine towards that vision.  She is passionate about ethical issues surrounding access to health care, social determinants of health, women's health, and end of life decision making.

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Malvika Venkataraman

Malvika is a first year in the College of Arts and Sciences planning to major in Biostatistics and hoping to pursue an M.D. post-graduation. Her interests center around the topics of reproductive ethics, the stigma surrounding mental illness, and the ethics of healthcare. Malvika is currently a member of the iSERVE Independent Research Consortium where she studies the effect of clinical education in marginalized populations. She is also an officer for the Undergraduate Research Network. Apart from being an editor of the journal, Malvika spends time volunteering at the University of Virginia Hospital, the Senior Center, and Johnson Elementary in Charlottesville.

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Rachel Tinsley

Rachel is a third year nursing student at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. Following her graduation in 2019, Rachel hopes to work as a NICU nurse and pursue a DNP in Pediatric nursing. Her interests include how the evolving use of stem cell research and therapies further fuel existing moral and political questions. In addition, she hopes to examine how underrepresented populations have historically been taken advantage of in human research studies and how these populations fit into the American healthcare system today. Rachel has served as a mentor for the locally-founded non-profit Rise Together and is a former member of the UVA acapella group "The AcHoostics". She is also an active member of both the UVA Student Nurses' Association of Virginia and the National Student Nurses' Association. She enjoyed serving as a delegate at the 2018 Annual Virginia Nursing Students' Association Conference and hopes to continue to influence nursing education policy.

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Ryan Welch

Ryan is a third year in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is currently pursing a major in English and a minor in Biology. He hopes to attend medical school after graduation. Ryan is interested in Eugenics, and the ethics associated cloning. Moreover, he is intrigued by the consequences of genetic testing because of the strides that have been made in testing recently. Ryan is a member of the iSERVE Undergraduate Research Consortium. He also volunteers at his local fire and rescue station, and coaches for his local Little League district.  

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Gelare Ghajar-Rahimi

Gelare is a recent graduate from The University of Virginia where she majored in biology and minored in bioethics. She has spent the last year researching acute HIV infection at the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health and will begin an MD-PhD program this summer. She is particularly interested in the ethical considerations of translational research and role of public opinion in the direction of scientific research.  

Victoria Waterfield

Victoria works as a psychiatric R.N. at the University of Virginia Health System. She has 20+ years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, providing therapy and clinical oversight in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She is currently at the University of Virginia pursuing a path to Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her entire working life has been devoted to the service of patients with mental illness and their families. She is passionate about health equity, preventing domestic violence and food security for children. She is married to a Wahoo and enjoys traveling to New Orleans to see her grandson and family.