About the Fellowship in ELSI Research

The Stanford Training Program in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) Research at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and the Center for Integration of Research on Genetics and Ethics (CIRGE) was established in 2016 with support from the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

The goal of the training program is to create independent scholars who can conduct rigorous research on ethical, legal, social or policy implications of genetics and genomics.  Specific objectives are to introduce trainees to conceptual frameworks and methods used in ELSI research, core bioethics concepts and literature, and to the experience of working in an interdisciplinary research environment.  This program builds on 15 years of experience in ELSI research training as an NHGRI Center for Excellence in ELSI Research, CIRGE.

Common Fellowship Activities  

  • Education: attend lectures, seminars, webinars, and conferences
  • Research: research design, data collection data analysis
  • Writing: book chapters, manuscripts, blog posts, grant applications, and journal publications
  • Mentorship: working with students on their own research projects and supervise student research assistants
  • Meetings: meetings with mentors, other fellows, faculty members, networking, group collaborations, and writing groups
  • Support for career development

All SCBE fellows are required to attend the weekly SCBE Seminars as part of their educational and professional development. Interested parties can attend our invited speakers seminars, which occur once per month.

Current Fellows

Carole Federico

Second Year Fellow

  • PhD, Experimental Medicine, McGill University
  • MSc, Experimental Medicine, McGill University
  • BSc, Biopsychology, University of British Columbia

Daphne Martschenko

First Year Fellow

  • PhD, Philosophy Education, University of Cambridge
  • MPhil, Politics, Development and Democratic Education, University of Cambridge
  • BA, Anthropology & Slavic Studies, Stanford University

Vasiliki (Vaso) Rahimzadeh

Second Year Fellow

  • PhD, Family Medicine, Biomedical Ethics Specialization, McGill University
  • MSc, Experimental Medicine, Biomedical Ethics Specialization, McGill University
  • BS, Microbial Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Jennifer Young

Third Year Fellow

  • PhD, Family Science, University of Maryland College Park
  • MS, Couples and Family Therapy, University of Maryland College Park
  • MA, East Asian Languages and Literature, Ohio State University
  • BA, Psychology & Chinese, University of Wisconsin Madison

Program Leadership

Mildred Cho, PhD

Fellowship Program Co-Director

Associate Director of the Center

Professor of Pediatrics

Holly Tabor, PhD

Fellowship Program Co-Director

Associate Professor of Medicine

Associate Director for Clinical Ethics and Education

Megan Cvitanovic

Fellowship Program Coordinator

Ethics Consult & Fellowship Coordinator for the Center