Sara Rizvi - Editor-in-Chief

Sara is a second 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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Katharine Biegert - Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Katharine graduated from the University of Virginia in 2019 where she majored in biology and minored in bioethics. She is passionate about the impact that a multidisciplinary team can have on patient care through innovative approaches to problem-solving. In addition to working with Grounds, Katharine worked as a researcher for the Coulter Biomedical Engineering Design Lab and served as the President of HealthUnBound.


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.


Logan Brich - Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Logan is a third year at the University of Virginia studying Global Public Health and completing a distinguished major program in Middle Eastern Studies. He is especially interested in the impact of identitarian violence on the provision of health care in Israel/Palestine. He is currently studying in Israel, researching the biosecuritization paradigm and biopolitics that influence the decision-making process for granting Palestinians health permits that allow movement in/through Israel. He is also an intern at Physicians for Human Rights in Tel Aviv. In addition to formerly serving as Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Logan is a former chair of the Student Council Safety and Wellness Committee and is an intern and Peer Health Educator through the Department of Student Health at UVA. 

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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.


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.


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.


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 graduated from The University of Virginia in December 2016 where she majored in biology and minored in bioethics. She spent a year at the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health as a postbac fellow researching acute HIV infection. She is now an MD-PhD candidate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. She is particularly interested in the ethical considerations of translational research and role of public opinion in the direction of scientific research. 

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Aashish Batheja

Aashish is a first-year in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia. He is pursuing a B.A in Cognitive Science with a concentration in neuroscience. Aashish is very interested in the bioethical applications of current scientific and technological advances, including issues regarding stem cells as well as aging. He is also interested in healthcare dynamics and coordinating patient treatment. Aside from VJB, Aashish is involved with hospice volunteering.


Quinn Funston

Quinn is a third year from Philadelphia attending the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia. She is obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Biology as well as French language. She is incredibly passionate about neuroscience and has shadowed neurologists and neuropsychologists as well as participated in research in these fields at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Her most recent research was this summer with regards to the impact of cannabinoids on patients with Parkinson's disease. Her favorite philanthropic commitment is serving as head of fundraising for Pancakes for Parkinson's, the largest student-run organization on grounds, and hopes to be in charge of the entire event in 2019. Quinn plans on attending graduate school to become a physician's assistant. She is interested in learning about the bioethical concerns of our society as they pertain to her future career, especially with regards to patient care!

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Nayana MacMillan

Nayana is a first year in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia who is currently undecided but considering foreign affairs or business. She is interested in bioethics as it relates to shaping policy as well as the controversy that stems from modern bioethical issues. Aside from editing for the journal, Nayana spends her time volunteering with Madison House, skiing and playing ice hockey, and serving as a LifeTeen volunteer.

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Annie Zixiao

Annie is a first year in the College of Arts and Sciences interested in studying Biology or Global Public Health and ultimately hopes to pursue an M.D. after graduation. Her interests lie in exploring the social and biomedical ethics of practicing medicine practically, especially in how violence and public health are intertwined. Annie hopes to investigate an interdisciplinary perspective of medicine, ranging from healthcare policy to medical anthropology. Currently she is involved with independent research and teaches debate in local Charlottesville schools.