Student/Postdoc Committee

The Student/Postdoc Committee represents early career members of the INS, their interests, and makes recommendations to the Board regarding initiatives affecting students and postdoc members. The committee currently manages the Neuroethics Essay Contest, social media take-overs, and contributes to the development of mentoring activities for Society members.

The committee accepts a select number of new members each year and is always in need of fresh ideas and perspectives. If you are interested in nominating yourself or a fellow student or trainee INS member, contact INS Executive Director Karen Graham ([email protected]). We especially welcome nominees from historically underrepresented or marginalized communities — women, people of color, LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities — as well as from our colleagues in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

Chair

Student/Postdoc Representative

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Olivia Matshabane

University of Cape Town
U.S. National Institutes of Health

Olivia Matshabane, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow with a joint appointment between the University of Cape Town and the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Her research explores the ethical, legal, social, and cultural implications of genetics and neurogenetics research among marginalized populations. She is currently investigating attitudes and beliefs about the experimental treatment of deep brain stimulation in people affected by neuropsychiatric disorders.

Members

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Diego Borbón

Universidad Externado de Colombia

Diego Borbón is the Coordinator and Researcher of the NeuroRights Research Group of the Latin American Observatory of Human Rights and Enterprises at the Externado University of Colombia, and is currently pursuing a Specialization Diploma in Legal and Forensic Psychology (UNED). He is finishing his Law Degree (Externado) and taking lectures of the bachelor's in Psychology and Philosophy (UNAD). He is certified in the Medical Neuroscience Course at Duke University, has acquired Diplomas in Neurocriminology, Crime Theory, Evidence Law, Criminal Litigation Techniques, and Peacebuilding. His research areas are: free will, criminal law, and neurorights.

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Juhi Farooqui

Carnegie Mellon University

Juhi Farooqui is a graduate student in Neural Computation at the Neuroscience Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research, in the University of Pittsburgh's Rehab Neural Engineering Labs, focuses on computational modeling of the spinal cord and dorsal root ganglion for somatosensory neuroprosthetic applications. She is broadly interested in neurotechnology and its impacts on society, and works on organically engaging neural engineers with neuroethics. She was previously a post-baccalaureate fellow at the Center for Neurotechnology at the University of Washington.

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Rachel Landrum

Louisiana State University

Rachel Landrum, MA, is pursuing a medical degree at Louisiana State University School of Medicine. She is a graduate of the Bioethics and Science Policy Master’s Program at Duke University and intends to study and treat neuropsychiatric illnesses. Her current research efforts include the investigation of long-term antidepressant effects of ketamine for patients with treatment-resistant depression. She is interested in consciousness, memory, neuroprivacy, and end-of-life issues in healthcare.

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Natalia Montes

University of Washington

Natalia is a graduate student at the University of Washington Department of Philosophy. She's interested in understanding the complicated interplay of various human differences, such as race and sex, and how they generate pressing ethical questions in a variety of everyday, non-ideal spaces, such as in law enforcement. A primary focus of hers is in the nature of implicit biases and questions of responsibility. 

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Oluyinka Abiodun Oyeniji

De Montfort University

Oluyinka (Olu) Oyeniji is a PhD Student within WP9 of the HBP in the Center for Computing and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. His research is focused on 'framing neuroethics and cultural influences.' He has a background in law and ethics of emerging technologies, and is optimistic that the global nature of neuroscience research may extend beyond boundaries, guaranteeing the inclusion of peoples' and identifying with peculiar cultural identities.

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Vedat Menderes Özçiftci

Hacettepe University

Vedat Menderes Özçiftci is a Doctor of Medicine with a background in neuroscience. He is currently a PhD student in Medical Ethics and History of Medicine at Hacettepe University, and a master student in the Global Bioethics Program in Anahuac University, Mexico. His research focus is on how existing legal doctrine might adapt to emerging neurotechnology and our increasing understanding of the brain and how evolving neuroscience and neurotechnology challenge societal definitions of disease and medicine. Special interests include science literacy, neuroscience, digital mental health, neurotechnology, and artificial intelligence.

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Sunidhi Ramesh

Thomas Jefferson University

Sunidhi Ramesh is an MD Candidate at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. She is also the Managing Editor of The Neuroethics Blog and an Editorial Intern for The American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience. Sunidhi graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University in 2018, with degrees in sociology and neuroscience. She works on research spanning neurology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, and sociology, particularly focused on the intersections of science, disparity, social justice, and ethics. In her free time, Sunidhi enjoys powerlifting, doodling Madhubani-inspired art, playing competitive bridge, and cooking international cuisine. She will be applying to ophthalmology residency programs in the Fall.

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Ian Stevens

University of Tasmania

Ian is currently a Master of Research (Neuroethics) Candidate at the University of Tasmania where he is investigating the global regulatory policies of deep brain stimulation. He completed his undergraduate education at Northern Arizona University where he graduated with a B.A./B.S. in Philosophy/Biomedical Sciences. Ian plans to also bring his experiences from being a neuroethics intern at the Center for Neurotechnology and lessons learned while an intern for the INS to the committee.

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Katharina Trettenbach

University of Tübingen / University of Potsdam

Katharina Trettenbach has a background in biochemistry, psychology, neuroscience and medicine. She is a member of the research group Ethics of Genome Editing at the Institute for the Ethics and History of Medicine, where she has been pursuing doctoral research in medical ethics since 2020 with a dissertation project on ethical challenges of translational research. In addition, Katharina works at the Junior Professorship for Medical Ethics at the University of Potsdam. Aside from research ethics, her research interests include neuroethics and the ethics of (bio)technologies, particularly genome editing.

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Elisabeth K. Webb

McLean Hospital / Harvard Medical School

Dr. Kate Webb is a postdoctoral fellow at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School under the mentorship of Drs. Kerry Ressler and Nathaniel Harnett. She leverages neuroimaging techniques to identify potential biomarkers associated with risk of developing posttraumatic symptoms or resilience in the aftermath of trauma. Not all trauma exposed individuals go on to develop PTSD, and her work focuses on how sociopolitical contexts and individual factors interact to influence mental health outcomes. Throughout her training, Dr. Webb has engaged with the ethical, cultural, and societal implications of her work. Highlights include participating in the INS essay contest, writing for the Emory Neuroethics blog, and publishing in Nature Neuroscience on racial biases in human neuroscience methods.

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Roland Nadler

University of British Columbia

Roland Nadler, JD, is pursuing a PhD in law at the University of British Columbia. Previously, he was a visiting professor at the University of Ottawa in the Center for Health, Law, Policy and Ethics.

Faculty Mentor

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Veljko Dubljević

North Carolina State University

Dr. Dubljević, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Science, Technology & Society (STS) at NC State. Before NC State, he spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Neuroethics Research Unit at IRCM and McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He has a background in philosophy, economics, bioethics and neuroscience.

Former Chairs

  • Roland Nadler, University of British Columbia (2019-2021)
  • Marcello Ienca, ETH Zurich (2015-2019)
  • Matthew L. Baum, Harvard University (2013-2015)
  • Emily Murphy, Stanford University (2011-2015)