Message from the Director

The intersection of bioethics and science is really exciting. There are new scientific discoveries every day and they raise all sorts of ethical issues.

My own career path is an example of this. At Oxford University I earned my doctorate in philosophy with a focus on children’s rights. Because of that I became interested in reproductive issues, and that led to an interest in emerging technologies.

For instance, there are treatments that “fix” brain diseases but at the same time raise critical questions of identity. I feel lucky to think about these issues and to do work that has practical implications — that can help people.

Our Bioethics program is unique because of our connections to other parts of the University. We have strong links to the philosophy department, which is one of the best philosophy programs in the world.

We offer first-rate training in analytical thinking, and our multidisciplinary strengths allow you to benefit from NYU’s networks and resources for a customized curriculum.

I encourage you to be creative, to think outside the box, and to see issues from different perspectives.

Thank you for your interest in our program, and we hope to see you at NYU!

S. Matthew Liao
Arthur Zitrin Professor of Bioethics
Director, Center for Bioethics
Affiliated Professor, Department of Philosophy