Risa Cromer is a medical anthropologist and feminist science & technology scholar. She completed her PhD in Cultural Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in June 2016 and currently serves as a fellow within Stanford’s Thinking Matters program. Her research focuses on reproductive and racial politics within bioethical controversies in the United States. While at Stanford, she plans to work on a book based on her doctoral research that examines the afterlives of frozen human embryos left over from IVF and banked for future use, from embryo adoption to stem cell research. She brings experience as qualitative specialist on clinical research teams at the Portland Veteran Affairs Health System (2013-2016), with whom she remains a collaborator on projects addressing the health care needs of veterans.
Tara Diener received a Ph.D. in Anthropology and History from the University of Michigan in 2016 and a Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology, and Society in 2014. Prior to graduate studies at Michigan, she practiced as a Registered Nurse in obstetrics and pediatrics while earning an M.A. in Bioethics, Humanities, and Society from the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences (CEHLS) at Michigan State University. She has taught courses in creative non-fiction writing, medical, biological, and sociocultural anthropology, international and African studies, global health, political science, and the history of medicine in the US, Western Europe, and sub-Saharan Africa. She is an anthropologist and historian of medicine, maternal and infant health and mortality, global health (non)systems, and nursing ethics and practice. Her research combines archival and ethnographic methods, and her previous projects have focused on the United Kingdom and Sierra Leone.
Anna Jabloner received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Her research centers on the socio-cultural dimensions of techno-science from a feminist perspective, on race and gender in American science, and on the theories of nature that inform the expanding field of digital biology. Her dissertation work examined genomics as a culturally situated phenomenon of knowledge production and consumption. It tracked how genomics’ different applications are currently used in biomedicine, and imagined as useful as revolutionary infrastructure for health and the future. In prior research, Jabloner studied feminist epistemology, publishing a book on Donna Haraway’s approaches to race titled Implodierende Grenzen: ‘Race’ und Ethnizitaet in Donna Haraways Technowissenschaft (Passagen, 2005). Her participation in the study of team science (PI: Lee) at SCBE will extend her interest in the ethnographic analysis of local cultures of techno-science, and trace how social and collaborative processes shape the formation of knowledge.
Karola Kreitmair, PhD, is a Clinical Ethics Fellow at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics. She received her PhD in philosophy from Stanford University in 2013 and was a postdoctoral fellow in Stanford’s Thinking Matters program from 2013-2016. Her research interests include neuroethics, especially new technologies and deep brain stimulation, as well as ethical issues associated with wearable technology and citizen science.
Katherine Kruse, MD completed her pediatric critical care medicine fellowship at Stanford June 2016 and currently a Clinical Ethics and Research Fellow at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics. She continues to pursue interests in pediatric ethics and end-of-life care focusing on physician communication with patients and families facing mortality.
Nicole Martinez-Martin received her JD from Harvard law School. In 2015, she received her doctorate in Comparative Human Development from the University of Chicago, which brought together training in medical anthropology and biological psychology. Her broader research interests concern the impact of new technologies on the treatment of vulnerable populations. Her dissertation research focused on the use neuroscience in criminal cases, addressing how neuroscience influences depictions of the brain and criminality. Nicole's work at SCBE continues her interest in how genetic technologies will impact health practices.
Aaron Neiman is a first year Ph.D. student in medical anthropology. His areas of interest include anthropology of the state, psychiatry, genomics, computing, and social and feminist studies of science. Aaron's undergraduate research focused on the sexual and racial politics of admixture genomics, and sought to understand the relationship between macro-level geopolitical and economic forces and the minutiae that comprise scientific studies. He further investigates these questions in relation to the human genome in his fellowship with the Center for Integration of Research on Genetics and Ethics. In particular, Aaron is interested in understanding how pre-theoretical assumptions about race, gender, and mental health are built into scientific studies of genomic psychiatry. He is also interested in investigating other emergent depression treatments. In particular, he seeks to analyze the rise of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in the shadow of ECT, and to ask how depressed people are constituted as political subjects in this research.
Rebecca Wilbanks is a Ph.D. candidate in the Program in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University. She graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University with a B.A. in Biological Sciences and Comparative Literature.
Her dissertation, "Synthetic Biology and Life's Imagined Futures," combines literary analysis with participant-observation to examine the uses of narrative in synthetic biology and related efforts to democratize biotechnology. Ultimately, it argues that narrative frameworks from science fiction are crucial to understanding how efforts to engineer life are unfolding today.