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Senior Fellow
Photo of Osagie Obasogie Osagie K. Obasogie, JD, PhD, is the Haas Distinguished Chair and Professor of Bioethics in the Joint Medical Program and School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, where he chairs the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society's Diversity and Health Disparities Cluster. He is the author of Blinded By Sight: Seeing Race Through the Eyes of the Blind (Stanford University Press, 2014). His writings have spanned academic and public outlets, with journal articles in the Fordham Law Review, Stanford Technology Law Review, and Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, along with commentaries in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and New Scientist, among others. He contributes regularly to CGS’s blog Biopolitical Times and is the former director of CGS’s Project on Bioethics, Law, and Society. Obasogie received his B.A. with distinction from Yale University, his J.D. from Columbia Law School where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley where he was a fellow with the National Science Foundation.

Fellows
Photo of Lisa Ikemoto Lisa Ikemoto, J.D., LL.M., is Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis. She teaches bioethics, health care law, public health law, reproductive rights, law & policy, and marital property. Her research areas include reproductive and genetic technology uses, health care disparities, and public health law. More specifically, she focuses on the ways that race and gender mediate access to and impacts of biomedical technology use and health care. Her recent work addresses reproductive tourism, the ways in which human gamete use links the fertility and biotechnology industries, and the privatizing effects of informed consent. Ikemoto is a Bioethics Associate of the UC Davis Health System Bioethics Program, and a Faculty Associate of the UC Davis Center for Science and Innovation Studies.

Photo of Gina Maranto Gina Maranto, MA, is Director of the Ecosystem Science and Policy undergraduate program and coordinator of the graduate program in Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Miami’s Leonard and Jayne Abess Center. She has received awards for innovative teaching from the University of Miami, and is a prize-winning science writer who has covered biomedicine, the environment, and Earth sciences at the national level since 1982. Her articles, opinion pieces, and reviews have appeared in Discover, The Atlantic Monthly, Scientific American, The New York Times, and other publications. She is author of Quest for Perfection (1996), a history of attempts to alter birth outcomes and a critique of new reproductive technologies. Maranto received her M.A. in fiction from The Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University.

Photo of Brendan Parento Brendan Parent, JD, is director of Applied Bioethics at NYU School of Professional Studies, a faculty affiliate of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU School of Medicine, and director of NYU Sports and Society. He also serves as Chair of the Ethical Issues in Health Care Committee of the Health Law Section and as Editor for the Health Law Journal of the New York State Bar Association. His current research areas include ethics of genetic engineering, organ donation and transplant policies, and social responsibility in sports. Previously, he was a staff associate at the Center for Genetics and Society, the first Rudin Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU School of Medicine, and then Special Legal Adviser for the New York Task Force on Life and the Law, a government agency that assists the State with policy in medicine, law, and ethics.

Emeritus
Photo of Diane Beeson Diane Beeson, PhD is Professor Emerita of Sociology, California State University, East Bay. Over the past three decades, she has conducted research and published in leading sociology and medical journals on prenatal diagnosis, genetic testing, and social challenges of new reproductive technologies. Her most recent publications are on issues related to third-party reproduction. Beeson is co-founder and Associate Director of the Alliance for Humane Biotechnology, a network of scholars, students and activists working for a biotechnology that places the health and welfare of people and the natural environment above financial interests. In this capacity she has testified before state and national legislatures, and advocated for women’s and children’s health and human rights. She received her PhD from the University of California, San Francisco, where she specialized in medical sociology.