Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

A conversation with Tamara Kayali about bioethics and biotechnology.

 

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Tamara Kayali completed her PhD at Cambridge University in 2011.

Her PhD dissertation focused on issues of control, responsibility and the self in depression and used qualitative interviews with women to explore this topic.

She completed a Bachelor's in Biotechnology from the Australian National University before studying Bioethics in her Honours year at the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science at Sydney University as well as during her MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University. She has also worked in the Department of Health and Aging in Australia and as a freelance journalist writing feature articles for the science page of The Canberra Times.

Her interdisciplinary background provides her with a diverse set of tools to tackle my primary research interests - namely, social and ethical issues related to reproduction and neuroethics.

In addition to her current position as Postdoctoral Fellow at Novel Tech Ethics at Dalhousie University, she is also Field Editor of Bioethics Dissertation Reviews, a site that features friendly, non-critical overviews of recently defended, unpublished dissertations in Bioethics.

Her published articles include "Making Sense of Melancholy: Sub-categorisation and the Perceived Risk of Future Depression" in Health, Risk & Society and "Depression as Unhomelike Being-in-the-World? Phenomenology's Challenge to Our Understanding of Illness" in Health Care and Philosophy, both co-authored with Furhan Iqbal. She has also written about sexual dysfunction and disease mongering.