April 7, 2010, Iranian American Nita Farahany was appointed to the Presidential
Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues by President Barack Obama. The
commission advises the President on bioethical issues that may emerge from
advances in biomedicine and related areas of science and technology. The
commission works to identify and promote policies and practices that ensure
scientific research, health care delivery, and technological innovation are
conducted in an ethical manner.
Dr. Farahany is an Associate Professor of Law and Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on the legal, philosophical, and social issues arising from developments in the biosciences, particularly behavioral genetics and neuroscience. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in genetics, cell and developmental biology, and from Harvard University with an A.L.M. in biology. Dr. Farahany earned her J.D., M.A., and Ph.D. in Philosophy of Biology and Jurisprudence at Duke University.
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