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Meet some of our current students!

Garland,-Rosemarie.png Rosemarie Garland-Thomson is a professor of English and bioethics at Emory University. Her work in critical disability studies and health humanities brings disability culture, ethics, and justice to a broad range of institutions and communities. She is co-editor of About Us: Essays from the New York Times about Disability by People with Disabilities and the author of Staring: How We Look and several other books.

Jasmine Burnett is a dual degree candidate earning an MPH / MA in Bioethics with a passion for addressing racial disparities in quality of health care, specifically relating to maternal and mental health. Receiving degrees in Biomedical Sciences and Public Health from the University of South Florida, she was studying to become a physician. A series of opportunities including a volunteer position at Moffitt Cancer Center's Arts in Medicine program, an anti-human trafficking internship in rural Thailand, and various on-campus jobs working in student outreach and admissions brought upon a shift in career goals, leading her to bioethics in her final semester. Halfway through her coursework, Jasmine has intentions of completing a Ph.D. in Sociology and becoming a professor of medical humanities and bioethics.

Anna Hull Anna Hull is a dual MA in Bioethics and Masters of Theological Studies student with a strong interest in end-of-life decisions in those with degenerative illnesses and disabilities. She is particularly focused on the need for expanded options in this population – a position held by many people with degenerative disabilities, contrary to most vocal disability rights advocates. She is interested in why this disconnect exists and better representing the actual desires of those with degenerative illnesses and disabilities, like herself.  Both Bioethics and Theology have given her the opportunity to explore this area from different angles.  Upon completing her degrees, Anna hopes to work in clinical bioethics in a hospital setting while also working to represent the views of those with degenerative disabilities in the disability rights arena.
IMG_7995-2.jpg Meghan Hurley is currently a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences at Emory University and plans to graduate in Spring 2021 with a BS in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and a BA in German Studies. Throughout her undergraduate career, she has loved exploring the interdisciplinary applications of neuroscience, allowing her to read and learn about a wide range of topics such as philosophy, law, and technology. In the future, Meghan is interested in pursuing a law degree that allows her to integrate these fields, possibly working on science policy or the regulation of future neurotechnologies. Not only will the MA in Bioethics program help her to solidify her interests in the legal field, but she also believes that it will be the perfect steppingstone from a science-heavy undergraduate education to a formal legal education. She understands how important it is today for scientists, ethicists, and policymakers to work together to create informed policy, and hopes that her education will prepare her to be a part of this process.
Rebeccah Hunter Rebeccah is a Training Coordinator at Emory University’s Division of Animal Resources where she is responsible for training animal researchers in the humane care and use of laboratory animals. Rebeccah graduated with a BS in biology from Kennesaw State University, and is a Licensed Veterinary Technician and Registered Laboratory Animal Technologist. Her interests lie in international views of animal ethics and their intersection with the continued minimization of pain and distress of animals utilized in biomedical research. The use of animals in biomedical research continues to be controversial, but necessary to develop the treatments and cures demanded by the human condition.  Rebeccah hopes to utilize her MA in Bioethics to broaden training resources in animal ethics for researchers of varying backgrounds.

Kerryn Roome is a dual MA in Bioethics and MD student who is planning on a residency in pediatrics. She is originally from Pretoria, South Africa, and graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Biology and Psychology. She has been interested in neonatology for many years, partly due to the slew of ethical dilemmas that arise in the NICU - especially as technology continues to improve. During her third year of medical school, Kerryn encountered a wide variety of patients and situations that were ethically fraught which solidified her commitment to joining the Masters in Bioethics program. Her interests are primarily in pediatric end of life care, preterm neonates, and barriers to healthcare access for children. Kerryn hopes that what she learns in the program will allow her to become a better physician and will enable her to advocate for her patients in ways she never would have been able to without formal ethics training. 


Margaret F. Sport is a dual degree candidate earning a JD / MA in Bioethics. She is the President of Emory's Health Law Society and International Law Society, as well as a staff member on the Emory International Law Review. Margaret graduated from Colorado College with a degree in Bioethics. She is an alumna of the UN Global Bioethics Initiative's International Bioethics Summer School as well as Columbia University's Bioethical Cross-Cultural Education Program. Her variety of experiences in bioethics stoked her passion for understanding the intersections of identities and peoples, including aspects such as culture, race, gender, and religion, and how these factors not only shape opinions on medicine, but also the healthcare individuals receive. Margaret's academic interests lie at the future of genetic editing technology, the effect of socioeconomic factors on epigenetics, and bioprospecting. Margaret hopes to use her experiences to better health policy on both a federal and global level.

Athan Tiliakos Since graduating from fellowship, Dr. Athan Tiliakos has had the opportunity to work as an attending physician at both Grady Memorial Hospital and The Emory Clinic. He has been able to witness the frailties of our healthcare system. Innovations in science and technology are allowing us to provide our patients with sophisticated diagnostic and treatment modalities that have significantly impacted morbidity and mortality caused by many diseases. These innovations come at a tremendous economic cost. Should everyone have access to these innovations? Athan applied to the Bioethics program in order to help provide him with the necessary tools to study these types of questions.

Kade Thompson obtained his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry with honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017. After graduating, he began working as an EMT in the Central Texas region. During his three years of working as a first responder, he noticed many ethical controversies throughout the medical field. In particular, during the beginning of the COVID 19 outbreak he saw the wide range of conflicts arising throughout the health care sector, and society as a whole. Kade has decided to pursue a master’s degree in Bioethics while preparing to apply to medical school. He is eager to learn more about how to analyze and address ethical issues in science and medicine in order to prepare him to become a better health care provider.


Kathryn Wright is an Emory alumna with a BS in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology as well as a BA in Human Health. During her undergraduate experience, she was exposed to various opportunities that piqued her interest in healthcare including volunteering at Winship Cancer Institute, assisting in research investigating deep brain stimulation as a remedy for treatment-resistant depression, shadowing a palliative care physician, and teaching Health 100 to Emory first-year students. Through these experiences she recognized the importance of quality human interactions in implementing effective interventions. She is particularly interested in ethical dilemmas regarding end of life care, mental health, and the intersectionality of religion and healthcare. Kathryn is pursuing a master’s in Bioethics with the hope of one day becoming an empathetic and conscientious physician.

MedHeadshot2019.jpg Anna Zimmer is a dual degree MD/MA in Bioethics student. She grew up and attended college in the Midwest and moved to Atlanta for medical school. She is interested in psychiatry, neurology, palliative care. In her free time she enjoys gardening, recycling textiles, and eating ice cream.