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Alana Castro-Gilliard

Alana is a fourth year studying Human Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences. Her 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. Outside of the journal, Alana spends her time with the Cavalier Marching Band as the Color Guard section leader, as the Speaker Relations Chair in a leadership development program called Blueprint Leadership, volunteering through Madison House at a Spanish language immersion program daycare, and researching for her thesis in the Herr lab.

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Alexander Nguyen

Alexander is a third-year in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia pursuing B.A.’s in both Psychology and Biology as well as a passion-inspired minor in Astronomy. Not only is he is curious about the changing culture of U.S. medicine from individualism to team-oriented practices, but he is also interested in the growing debate in the medical community regarding stigmatization of doctors over misdiagnoses and improper risk assessment. In addition to writing poems and articles for the journal, Alexander serves on the Safety and Wellness Committee as part of UVa's Student Council to better student mental health through meditative practices. He assists research with Prof. Dodson in the UVa Psychology Dept., where they study the neurology behind false memories and how aging affects the confidence in response. Outside of research, Alexander is also a certified Tai Chi and meditation instructor of the Compassionate Service Society (a global non-profit organization) of which he traveled on behalf of to Montreal and Budapest on missions.

Chris Didzbalis

Christopher is a second year from Cranford, New Jersey. He is currently pursuing a B.S. in Biology at the University of Virginia. Christopher is interested particularly in researching and developing bioethical arguments pertinent to issues popular across the mainstream media. He hopes that a strong foundation in bioethics will allow him to be a better health care professional in the future. In addition to his position as a staff writer, Christopher is an Emergency Medical Technician at the Cranford Fire Department, where he provides emergency medical services to the town and surrounding areas when home from school.

Christina Sisti

Christina is the Founder of Overcome Birth Defects, a nonprofit organization which provides medical referrals and assistance to children with disabilities. She became interested in advocating for the rights of women, children and the disabled due to her own experiences as a woman with disabilities. Her interests led her to pursue a Masters of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from University of South Florida’s College of Public Health followed later with a Masters of Science and a Doctorate in Health Policy and Ethics from Albany Medical College’s Alden March Bioethics Institute. She is an advocate for those with disabilities and women’s health issues. Her other activities include: community organizations which help strengthen women, coordinating and delivering toy drives during the holiday season for children who are hospitalized, and grant writing.

Claire Granum

Claire is a third year at the University of Virginia studying biology and biostatistics. She is fascinated by the intersection between the medical world and the philosophical one, and its implications in modern healthcare. Her interest in bioethics is broad and encompasses a wide variety of topics, from current epidemics to challenges that have faced societies for centuries. In addition to writing for the journal, Claire works for sales in the UVa dining department, is part of Grace Christian Fellowship, and is a volunteer EMT with the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad.

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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.

 

Emily McClung

Emily is a first year in the College of Arts and Sciences at the Univeristy of Virginia planning to major in Global Public Health with a double minor in history and Spanish. She is particularly interested in how bioethics intersect with race and gender identity in today’s changing medical world and society. Besides writing for the journal, Emily spends her time with the Cavalier Marching Band as a member of the color guard and is a part of GlobeMed at UVA, which is a club that aims to strengthen the movement for global health equity and to improve the health of people living in poverty around the world. Additionally, Emily also is involved in Women in Medicine Initiatives and serves on the First Year Council.

Finn Dobkin

Finn is a second year student at the University of Puget Sound studying Economics with an emphasis in Bioethics. He is interested in the personhood, healthcare in developing nations, and end-of-life care. In addition to writing, Finn is a member of his school’s Parliamentary Debate Team, a volunteer at St. Joseph’s Hospital Cancer Resource Center, and Philanthropy Chair of the Delta Phi chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity.

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

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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Lesley Childress

Lesley is a first year student in the School of Nursing. She is interested in issues pertinent to the changing world of healthcare and how these issues will impact patients, as well as the ethics involved in performing research on animals. Through exploring bioethics, she hopes to learn about new perspectives surrounding a number of controversial issues and apply them in meaningful ways as she pursues a career in the medical world.

 

Logan Brich

Logan is a second year in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia planning to study Global Public Health and Middle Eastern Studies. He is especially interested in the dynamics of internationally coordinated humanitarian relief efforts, as well as the impact of sectarian religious violence on access to regional care infrastructure in the Middle East and North Africa. His research focuses on utilizing public health frameworks as strategies for resolving religiously-related violence in the Middle East. In addition to working with the journal, Logan has volunteered with UVA VISAS, an organization that seeks to help international students and faculty learn English. He is also a Peer Health Educator through the Department of Student Health, and is a teaching assistant for Nobel Peace Prize-winning Professor Jerry White's course, "Religion, Violence, and Strategy."

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Melina Rapazzini

Melina is a 2016 UVa graduate in both religion and nursing. Her passion and focus is in advocating for women in both of these spheres, which is why she is beginning as a Labor and Delivery Nurse at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Melina’s research has been in the evolving role of women in the Christian church based off of changing cultural ethics. Melina was the 2015 recipient of the Harkavy scholarship, awarded to a student demonstrating achievement in the sciences and the arts due to her vision for the increasing role of bedside nurses in the field of bioethics. Her interests in the field bioethics are broad and always changing.

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Morgan Carter

Morgan is a third 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.

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Sasheenie Moodley

Sasheenie is a Masters in Public Health candidate, focusing on health policy and ethics. She graduated from UVa in May 2016 with a BA in Interdisciplinary Global Studies. Sasheenie is an upperclass Resident Advisor, Madison House elementary-school tutor, and Organic Chemistry TA. A Center for Global Health Scholar and Echols Scholar, her research is in the realm of HIV and masculinity, especially individual agency and peer communication around HIV/AIDS. Sasheenie is dedicated to exploring bioethics in the context of global applications of healthcare, and telehealth.

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Vishal Anjutgi

Vishal is a second year in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia planning to major in biology and economics. He is particularly interested in the ethical evaluation of clinical research, and how such decisions affect public policy. He is also fascinated with the ethics surrounding health care and patient management. Outside of writing for the Journal, Vishal has volunteered through the Madison House Medical Services Program and has served as a ULink Peer Advisor. He also volunteers as an EMT in his hometown of Long Valley, New Jersey.