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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.

 

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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Jennifer Goertz - Submissions Editor

Jennifer is a third-year who hails from Anchorage, Alaska. She is studying neuroscience and bioethics in the College of Arts and Sciences, and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience. Her interests in bioethics primarily focus in the ethics of health care and management of epidemics, as well as research ethics in regards to studying neurological disorders. She is a member of the Gaultier Lab in the Brain, Immunology, and Glia (BIG) Center and she is studying how the gut microbiota affects depression in Multiple Sclerosis. Outside of the journal and lab, Jennifer is also a member of Rhapsody Ballet Ensemble and participates in Madison House’s Pet Pals program at the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA.

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Jesse Persily - Financial Director

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 - Marketing and Outreach Director

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

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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Nishant Jha - Online Editor

Nishant is a third year from Salem, Virginia. He is currently pursuing a B.A. in Computer Science at the University of Virginia. Nishant is particularly interested in the bioethical arguments surrounding augmented humans and gene therapies, in addition to his broader interest in technology. In addition to his position as Online Editor, Nishant is the current Webmaster of the College Council, is a member of the Pre-Health Leadership Advisory Board, and works as a research assistant in the Bauer Lab, where he applies his interest in computer science to the management of pancreatic cancer.