Student bios

The 2014/15 very first cohort of the Bioethics & Society MA is composed of 19 student: 11 UK, and 8 US. Here are the bios of some of them:

Some of the Bioethics & Society students. From left to right: Alex, Andrea, Hanna, Elizabeth, Aimee, Rose, and Jake

Some of the Bioethics & Society students. From left to right: Alex, Andrea, Hanna, Elizabeth, Aimee, Rose, and Jake

Aimee Bambury is from Essex, England. Aimee holds a Bachelor of Arts and Humanities Honours in Theology at Canterbury Christ Church University, where she studied ‘The Value of Life: Euthanasia in Jewish and Christian thinking‘ in her dissertation. She has decided to undertake a Masters in Bioethics & Society because she is passionate about discussing the ethical questions surrounding society and medicine. Aimee hopes to continue her studies with a PhD in the field.

Alexandria (Alex) Meyer received her undergraduate degree in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Psychology from Doane College in Nebraska.  She then went on to get her Master of Science in Medical Genetics from the University of Wisconsin.  After working in the Wisconsin public health system as their state genetics coordinator for 2 years, she spent 6 years in California as a clinical cancer genetic counsellor in San Francisco, then as a lab clinical liaison for Ambry Genetics. Hear Alex talk about her experience as a MA student:

Andrea Berkemeier

Andrea Berkemeier

Andrea Berkemeier joins us from the United States where she earned her BSE in Biomedical Engineering and received the 2014-15 Roger M Jones Fellowship from the University of Michigan. She is excited for the opportunity to develop her understanding of healthcare from the intersection of science, philosophy, and theology.  Upon completion of this program, she intends to pursue a vocation as a physician where she can help promote health and well-being, not just of a patient’s body, but also of his mind and spirit.


Bioethics & Society Year 1

Andrew Barnhart previously studied at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in the United States where he received his B.Sc. in Biology and Philosophy. His focus in biology have been mostly evolution, behaviour, physiology, and histology. His philosophical training has been geared toward metaphysics and meta-ethics.  His two brothers, who both have disabilities, have been tremendously influential in his philosophy and critical thinking. It is because of them that he now sees that the separate worlds of biology and philosophy come together harmoniously into this field known as bioethics.

James Aluri

James Aluri

James Aluri graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Biological Sciences and Musical Studies.  In 2012, he began his M.D. programme at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  After exploring the multiple interfaces between the humanities and medicine through side projects for the past two years, he decided to dedicate this year to studying the humanities as applied to medicine.  One of his chief interests is studying the role of the humanities in medical education. James has been awarded one of the Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Master’s Studentships for 2014/15.

Please contact Dr Silvia Camporesi at if you would like to be put in touch with one of the current students.

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