Professor Thomas Lemke

Thomas Lemke


Thomas Lemke studied Political Science, Sociology and Law in Frankfurt, Southampton and Paris. In 1996 he received his doctorate at the Goethe University with a thesis on Michel Foucault's concept of power. Following his doctorate, Lemke worked as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences at the University of Wuppertal, where he habilitated in 2006. For many years he worked at the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt, and as a visiting researcher at Goldsmiths College in London and at New York University. Lemke also held visiting professorships at the Copenhagen Business School and the University of New South Wales in Sydney. In 2007 he was awarded a Heisenberg scholarship from DFG, which was converted into a Heisenberg professorship one year later. Since September 2008, Thomas Lemke has been Professor of Sociology with a focus on "Biotechnology, Nature and Society" at the Faculty of Social Sciences and since 2014 he is also Honorary Professor at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. In 2018 he was awarded an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (ERC) for a reseach project on the social and cultural impacts of cryobiology. Lemke’s research interests include social and political theory, biopolitics, new materialisms, social studies of genetic and reproductive technologies.

Thomas Lemke will visit the Network in August and September 2018 as a SSSHARC Visiting Fellow.

Professor Margrit Shildrick



Margrit Shildrick comes from a background in feminist poststructuralism and postmodernist bioethics. She is a body theorist with major research into the philosophy of organ transplantation and the nature of visceral prostheses, and most recently the significance of cellular microchimerism. Past books include Leaky Bodies and Boundaries; Dangerous Discourses of Disability, Sexuality and Subjectivity; and Embodying the Monster, as well as many other edited collections and numerous journal articles. She is Guest Professor at Dept of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies at Stockholm University, and Visiting Professor of Critical Disability Studies at York University, Toronto.

Margrit Shildrick will be visiting the Network in August 2018.

Professor Shobitha Phartasarathy

Shobita Parthasarathy


Shobita Parthasarathy is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan. She studies policy and politics related to science and technology, as well as the politics of evidence and expertise in policymaking, in the United States, Europe, and India. She is the author of numerous articles and two books. Her second book, Patent Politics: Life Forms, Markets, and the Public Interest in the United States and Europe (University of Chicago Press, 2017) compares recent controversies over life form patents in the United States and Europe and demonstrates how political culture, ideology, and history shape patent systems in fundamental ways. Her first book, Building Genetic Medicine: Breast Cancer, Technology, and the Comparative Politics of Health Care (MIT Press, 2007), compared the development of genetic testing for breast cancer in the United States and Britain. Findings from this book helped to inform the 2013 US Supreme Court case over gene patents.

Shobitha Parthasarathy will be visiting the Network in September 2018.

Professor Aihwa Ong


Aihwa Ong is Robert H. Lowie Distinguished Chair in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. She’s the author of Fungible Life: Experiment in the Asian City of Life, Neoliberalism as Exception: Mutations in Citizenship and Sovereignty and Flexible Citizenship: The Cultural Logics of Transnationality, and the coeditor of Asian Biotech: Ethics and Communities of Fate, all published by Duke University Press. Aihwa Ong's work has always dealt with the particular entanglements of politics, technology, and culture in rapidly changing situations on the Asia Pacific rim. Her last work focuses on regimes of governing, technology, and culture that crystallize new meanings and practices of the human. Her field research shifts between sites in Southeast Asia and China in order to track emerging global centers and biotechnical experiments in East Asian modernity.

Aihwa Ong will be visiting the Network in March 2017 .

Professor Elizabeth Wilson


Elizabeth A. Wilson is Chair of the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Sydney, and her B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Otago. She was an Australian Research Council Fellow at the University of New South Wales prior to coming to Emory, and she has also held appointments at the University of Western Sydney, the Australian National University, and the University of Sydney. She has held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2003-2004) and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard (2011-2012). Her work explores how biological data, psychoanalysis, and affect theory can be used to foster conceptual innovation in feminist theory. Currently she is co-authoring an introduction to the affect theory of Silvan Tomkins (with Adam Frank, University of British Columbia). In her new book Gut Feminism, Prof. Wilson turns her attention to the gut and depression. She examines research on anti-depressants, placebos, transference, phantasy, eating disorders and suicidality with two goals in mind: to show how pharmaceutical data can be useful for feminist theory, and to address the necessary role of aggression in feminist politics.

Elizabeth Wilson will be visiting the Network in June 2017 .

Associate Professor Shiloh Krupar

Shiloh Krupar Picture

Shiloh Krupar is a Geographer and Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor at Georgetown University, where she currently serves as Field Chair of the Program in Culture and Politics in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California-Berkeley, an MA in East Asian Studies from Stanford University, and a BA from Case Western Reserve University.

The recipient of a Quadrant Fellowship, her book Hot Spotter’s Report: Military Fables of Toxic Waste (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) explores the politics of nature conservation, environmental memory, contamination and compensation issues at decommissioned military sites in the western United States. She is currently working on one solo book project and two co-authored volumes: What Remains - The Unseen Medical Geographies of Waste; Waste Complex: Capital, Ecology, Sovereignty (with C. Greig Crysler, University of California-Berkeley); and Deadly Life-making: US Biocultures and the Ethics of Living On (with Nadine Ehlers, University of Sydney).

Shiloh Krupar will be visiting the Network in May 2017 .

Alexander Friedrich, Ph.D.

Alexander Friedrich, Ph.D.

Alexander Friedrich is an interdisciplinary researcher based at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany. His research interests include philosophy of technology, biopolitics, metaphorology, conceptual history, and science and technology studies. He earned his doctorate in philosophy at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture at Justus Liebig University Giessen with a Ph.D. thesis on the theory and history of, networking as a cultural key metaphor. As a postdoctoral scholar of the research group Topology of Technology at Technische Universität Darmstadt he is currently working on a research project on refrigeration as a modern means of biopower.

Alexander Friedrich will be visiting the network from January-February 2015.

Sara Lafuente Funes – Ph.d Candidate, Spanish National Research Council CSIC

Sara Lafuente Funes


Sara Lafuente Funes holds an FPI pre-doc scholarship from the Spanish Ministry of Economics. She is based at the Institute of Public Goods and Policies (IPP) at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and studies her PhD at Universidad Complutense of Madrid (UCM). Her thesis, supervised by Vincenzo Pavone, CSIC, and Rubén Blanco, UCM, studies imaginaries and expectations around eggs within scientific research and practice, such as stem cell research and human assisted reproduction. She follows a Feminist STS perspective in dialogue with feminist economics and queer theory. Her Master’s degree was achieved at the London School of Economics on the program ‘Biomedicine, Bioscience and Society’. Currently, she is part of the research group BioARReMe, led by Vincenzo Pavone, which studies ‘The bioeconomy of Reproduction: the mutually constitutive interaction between assisted reproduction and regenerative medicine’. She has also been part of the Cost Action “Bio-objects and their Boundaries: Governing matters at the intersection of Society, Politics and Science” and visited Reprosoc, the Reproductive Sociology Research group led by Sarah Franklin at Cambridge University during autumn, 2014.

Sara Lafuente Funes will be visiting the network from September to November 2015.

Assistant Professor Dr. Nazrul Islam

Assistant Professor Dr. Nazrul Islam

Nazrul Islam is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the United International College, Beijing Normal University–Hong Kong Baptist University. Prior to this he completed his PhD in medical sociology at the University of Hong Kong and his MSc in community health and health management at Heidelberg University. His research interest focuses on health tourism, public health and commodification of Asian medicine in China and India. He teaches courses on gender and sexuality, Asian medicine and globalization, global health and disease and globalization and society. He is also involved in developing interdisciplinary courses. He was a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Fellow (2002–3), the United Nations University (UNU) Fellow (2001) and honorary research associate at the Centre for Anthropological Research, University of Hong Kong. He will work on a project on “Promoting medical tourism in Australia from Asia: A critical perspective” during his stay in Sydney.

Md. Nazrul Islam will be visiting the network from June to August 2015.

Dr. Klaus Høyer


Klaus Hoeyer is associate professor at the Centre for Medical Science and Technology Studies and Head of Section for Health Services Research, University of Copenhagen. He is author of Exchanging Human Bodily Material: Rethinking Bodies and Markets (Springer 2013) and currently PI of project granted a research excellence award from the Danish research councils entitled Body and Person: Governing Exchange in 21st Century Biomedicine. His research concern exchanges of human bodily material and ethics as a form of regulation while focusing on the links between governance, medical technology, and conceptions of body and personhood.

Klaus will be visiting the network from October - November 2013.

Christian Haddad


Haddad is a postgraduate researcher at the Life-Science-Governance research platform and a lecturer in Political Science at the University of Vienna, Austria. Currently, Haddad is finishing his Ph.D. thesis, which explores transformations in regimes of research and governance in emerging fields of regenerative medicine, focusing on the articulation of health, value and knowledge in contemporary advanced biopolitical societies. Previously, he was a researcher in an EU-FP7 collaborative research project “REMEDiE Regenerative Medicine in Europe: emerging needs and challenges in a global context” (2008-2011) and a visiting research fellow at the Center for Biomedicine and Society, King’s College London (now at Brunel University) in 2009.

His research interests include social and political theory, critical governance and policy studies, psychoanalytic cultural theory, and social studies of science and technology (STS).

Christian Haddad will be visiting the network 10 August - 4 October 2013 thanks to funding provided by the COST-Action “Bio-Objects and their Boundaries” (IS 1001).

Associate Professor Charlotte Kroløkke


Charlotte Kroløkke is Associate Professor in Cultural Studies and Chair of the Ph.D. program in Literature, Aesthetics and Culture at the University of Southern Denmark. She is co-author of Gender Communication Theories and Analyses: From Silence to Performance with Anne Scott Sørensen (Sage Publications) and has produced journal articles on the branding of Danish sperm as Viking sperm and theorized new visualization technologies such as the performances that unfold during three-dimensional fetal ultrasound exams. Charlotte Kroløkke is currently engaged in projects involving reproductive travelling and Head of the Danish research group (Trans)Formations of Kinship: Travelling in Search of Relatedness (KinTra) funded by the Danish Research Council on the Humanities (2011-2014). In this more recent work, she studies Scandinavians who travel to Spain and the Czech Republic for oöcyte donation or to India for transnational surrogacy.

Charlotte Kroløkke will visit the network 12 July – 20 August 2012.

Assistant Professor Jill A. Fisher

Jill A. Fisher

Jill Fisher is Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Her areas of expertise are in social studies of medicine and sociology of bioethics. Dr Fisher´s research and teaching interests center upon the politics of medicine, science, and technology in the United States. Her current research falls into two major areas of inquiry. One research project examines the organization of pharmaceutical clinical trials, especially those drug studies that are conducted in private practices and for-profit research settings around the country. Her book on the topic is Medical Research for Hire: The Political Economy of Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials (Rutgers University Press 2008). A second research project explores the social and organizational implications for hospitals of new tracking technologies that monitor the real-time location of equipment, patients, and staff.

Jill Fisher will be visiting the network 21-22 May 2012.

Associate Professor Kaushik Sunder Rajan

Kaushik Sunder Rajan is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and of Social Sciences in the College at The University of Chicago. Sunder Rajan is a life science anthropologist whose research is focused on the global political economy of biomedicine, with a comparative focus on the United States and India. He is the author of Biocapital: The Constitution of Post-Genomic Life (Duke University Press 2006). Sunder Rajan’s current research includes studies on global pharmaceutical clinical trials; changes in the pharmaceutical industry and access to medicines under World Trade Organization–mandated patent regimes; and capacity building for translational research, all with a focus on the United States and India. A volume he edited, Lively Capital: Biotechnologies, Ethics, and Governance in Global Markets (Experimental Futures), was recently published by Duke University Press.

Kaushik Sunder Rajan will be visiting the network 21-22 May 2012.

Dr. Olivia Harvey

Olivia Harvey

Olivia is currently conducting research into consumption practices surrounding emerging health biotechnologies and non-traditional forms of innovation. After a PhD in Sociology and Anthropology on human identity, social change and new biotechnologies at the University of New South Wales, Olivia completed two postdoctoral fellowships focused on policy developments in the stem cell sciences. One was an Economic and Social Research Council position based at the Centre for Biomedicine and Society (formerly at King's College, London, now at Brunel) and the other was in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of New South Wales. Olivia has written a number of articles and a book on the intersections between innovation policy and regulatory developments that impact on the stem cell sciences. Her most recent book is Commercialising the Stem Cell Sciences (Woodhead Publishing, 2012).

Olivia will be visiting the network from February to December 2012. She can be contacted at .

Deborah Lupton

Deborah Lupton

Deborah Lupton is currently an independent writer and researcher in sociology and cultural studies located in Sydney. She was formerly Professor of Sociology and Cultural Studies at Charles Sturt University. She is the author/co-author of eleven academic books and many journal articles and book chapters on a variety of topics, including the sociocultural aspects of medicine and public health; risk; embodiment; the family and parenthood; the emotions; food; and HIV/AIDS and sexuality. Her latest books are Medicine as Culture: Illness, Disease and the Body (3rd edition) to be published by Sage in 2012, and Risk and Everyday Life (with John Tulloch, Sage, 2003).

Deborah Lupton will be visiting the network from August 2011 to August 2012.

Professor Nikolas Rose

Professor Nikolas Rose

Nikolas Rose is the James Martin White Professor of Sociology, Convenor of the Department of Sociology and Director of the BIOS Centre for the Study of Bioscience, Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Society at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has published widely across: the sociology of psychiatry; the social and political history of the human sciences; the genealogy of subjectivity; the history of empirical thought in sociology, and on the changing rationalities and techniques of political power. His extensive body of work has been translated into ten languages. He is co-editor of BioSocieties: an interdisciplinary journal for social studies of neuroscience, genomics and the life sciences.

Professor Rose will visit the network in November, 2011.

Michael Sappol

Michael Sappol

Michael Sappol is curator-historian at the National Library of Medicine (National Institutes of Health), Bethesda, MD. He is the author of A Traffic of Dead Bodies: Anatomy and Embodied Social Identity in 19th-Century America (2002) and Dream Anatomy (2006), and co-editor of A Cultural History of the Body in the Age of Empire, 1800-1920 (2010). In 2008 he curated An Iconography of Contagion, an exhibition of 20th-century health posters at the National Academy of Sciences, and was fellow-in-residence at the Clark Art Institute. Sappol’s current work focuses on visual culture (especially representations and transcriptions of the interior of the body), 20th-century modernist medical illustration and displays, and the history of medical film.

Michael Sappol will visit the network from 5-9 September, 2011.

Dr. Martin French

Dr. Martin French

Martin French is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow with the Department of Sociology at Queen's University in Canada. His research involves empirically specifying and assessing the information-processing practices of organisations, with particular attention to how information is used to shape and govern individual and social bodies. Currently Martin is investigating how circuits of information traverse and connect the institutions of law and science. His present focus is upon public-health practice, and specifically upon how public-health professionals understand and navigate their sometimes incommensurate obligations to serve clients whilst protecting the broader population. In addition to serving the pragmatic goal of highlighting and mobilizing innovative public-health practices, this research advances a novel concept - 'viropolitics' - to describe an emergent, vital politics of public health.

Dr. French will visit the network from February 28 to July 1.

Lennard J. Davis

Lennard J. Davis

Lennard J. Davis is Professor in the English Department in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he had also served as Head. In addition, he is Professor of Disability and Human Development in the School of Applied Health Sciences of the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as Professor of Medical Education in the College of Medicine. He is also director of Project Biocultures a think-tank devoted to issues around the intersection of culture, medicine, disability, biotechnology, and the biosphere.

Davis is the author of two works on the novel–Factual Fictions: The Origins of the English Novel (Columbia U. Press, 1983, rpt. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996) and Resisting Novels: Fiction and Ideology (Routledge, 1987, rpt. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001) and co-editor of Left Politics and the Literary Profession. His works on disability include Enforcing Normalcy: Disability, Deafness, and the Body (Verso, 1995), which won the 1996 Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights’ annual award for the best scholarship on the subject of intolerance in North America, and The Disability Studies Reader (Routledge, 1996).

His memoir My Sense of Silence (University of Illinois Press, 2000), was chosen Editor’s Choice Book for the Chicago Tribune, selected for the National Book Award for 2000, and nominated for the Book Critics Circle Award for 2000. He has appeared on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air to discuss the memoir, which describes his childhood in a Deaf family. Davis has also edited his parents’ correspondence Shall I Say a Kiss: The Courtship Letters of a Deaf Couple, 1936-38 (Gallaudet University Press, 1999). Davis is a co-founder of the Modern Language Association’s Committee on Disability Issues in the Profession, and he is on the board of several academic journals. Having written widely for newspapers and magazines, Davis is also the author of a novel entitled The Sonnets (State University of New York Press, March 2001).

A collection of his essays entitled Bending Over Backwards: Disability, Dismodernism, and Other Difficult Positions was published by New York University Press in August 2002. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002-2003 for Obsession: A History (University of Chicago Press, 2008). His book Go Ask Your Father: One Man's Obsession to Find Himself, His Origins, and the Meaning of Life Through Genetic Testing will be published in 2009 by Random House. He has written numerous articles in The Nation, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Chronicle of Higher Education and other print media. Davis has also been a commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and appeared on Morning Edition, This American Life, Odyssey, The Leonard Lopate Show and other NPR affiliates. His current interests include disability-related issues; literary and cultural theory; genetics, race, identity; and biocultural issues.

Lennard Davis will visit the network October 28 to present a seminar as part of the 2010 Biopolitics of Science Seminar Series.

Stevie De Saille

Stevienna de Saille holds an MA (Distinction) in Gender Studies Research, and is presently finishing the second year of her PhD in the School of Sociology and Social Research at the University of Leeds, where she is a teaching assistant on modules in Sociological Analysis of Contemporary Society and in Protest and Social Movements. She is regional co-ordinator for the Postgraduate Forum in Genetics and Society, which organises seminars and colloquia across the UK, and is a longstanding volunteer at the Feminist Archive North. Her research centres on international feminist activism around reprogenetic technologies.

Stevie de Saille will be visiting Sydney from 15 June to 24 September, funded by a grant from the World Universities Network Research Mobility Programme.

Dr Karen Throsby


Karen Throsby researches issues relating to gender, technology and the body. Her PhD research was on people's experiences of IVF failure, and she is the author of When IVF Fails: Feminism, Infertility and the Negotiation of Normality (Palgrave, 2004). Her current research is on obesity, with a particular interest in obesity surgery. Karen teaches on the medical school module 'Human Diversity: People, Disease and their Doctors' and contributes to teaching within the department on health, feminist theory and methodology.

Karen Throsby will visit the network September 9 to present a seminar as part of the 2010 Biopolitics of Science Seminar Series.

Barbara Katz Rothman


Barbara Katz Rothman has lectured widely throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, where she was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Groningen, 1995. Her books have been translated into many languages, including Japanese and Finnish. She was a visiting professor at the Universität Osnabrück, Germany, (2002), visiting professor in the International Masters in Health and Society at the Charite in Berlin, and a Leverhulme Professor at the University of Plymouth (2003) in the United Kingdom, where she has an ongoing visiting Professorship.

Katz Rothman is past president of two national sociological professional associations, Sociologists for Women in Society, from which she won the Mentoring Award, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems, which has awarded her the Lee Founders Award.

Barbara KatzRothman will visit the network June 3 to present the 5th seminar in the 2010 Biopolitics of Science Seminar Series.

A/Prof Anne Pollock


Anne Pollock is an Assistant Professor of Science, Technology and Culture at the School of Literature, Communication and Culture at Georgia Tech. Her research and teaching focus on biomedicine and culture in the US, with special attention how medical technologies and disease categories become enrolled in telling stories about who we are and how we differ (especially by race and gender). She is currently working on a book project about the intersecting trajectories of race, pharmaceuticals, and cardiovascular disease in the United States from the founding of cardiology to the commercial failure of BiDil. Other projects include theorizing feminism and heart disease, health disparities and American citizenship claims, and transforming the critique of pharmaceuticals amid the financial crisis.

Assistant Professor Pollock will be visiting Sydney between February 15 and March 13, 2010

Professor Erica Haimes


Professor Erica Haimes was the Founding Executive Director of the PEALS (Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences) Research Centre (1998-2008) where she is now Professorial Fellow; she is also Professor of Sociology in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University. Her research interests include: interdisciplinary research on social, ethical and legal aspects of the life sciences; reproductive and genetic technologies; the socio-ethical aspects of the provision of human tissue for research, and the relationship between states, families and medicine with a focus on assisted conception. She is currently leading or co-leading six projects across these fields, including socio-ethical evaluations of (i) the provision of IVF embryos for stem cell research, funded by the Wellcome Trust and (ii) a scheme through which volunteers provide eggs for SCNT research in exchange for half-price IVF treatment, funded by the UK Medical Research Council. In early 2009 she launched the PARTS (Provision and Acquisition of Reproductive Tissue for Science) International Research Network.

Erica was a member of the Interim Advisory Group (Ethics and Governance), UK Biobank and has since been a member of the Ethics and Governance Council for UK Biobank (Jan 2007-Dec 2009). She has recently been asked to join the Ethics and Law Advisory Committee of the UK’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority as an External Member to advise on social science research. She was also asked to join the Ethics and Public Policy Committee of the International Society for Stem Cell Research. She is on the Advisory Board of the UK’s ESRC Genomics Research and Policy Forum at Edinburgh University and on the International Advisory Board for the NIH-funded Centre for Genetics Research, Ethics and Law at Case Western Reserve University, USA.

Professor Haimes will visit the network March 22 and 23 to participate in the PARTS workshop.

A/Prof Sheryl de Lacey


Sheryl de Lacey is Associate Professor in the School of Nursing & Midwifery, Flinders University in South Australia with a clinical background in Assisted Reproductive Technology & infertility nursing. From 2003-2007 she held an NHMRC Australian Clinical Post Doctoral Research Fellowship in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Adelaide and remains a member of their Research Centre for Reproductive Health. In 2007, she returned to her substantive position at Flinders University and was appointed to the executive position of Associate Dean (Research). She researches the impact of medical technologies (especially Assisted Reproductive Technology) on human health & welfare from psychosocial, bioethical and feminist perspectives. The primary purpose of her research is to inform practice, public debate and policy-making. In 2002-2003 She was the principal consultant to the NHMRC for the project ‘The Adequacy of supply of excess IVF embryos for research’ and produced a confidential report to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). She was an inaugural member of the SA Council on Reproductive Technology and currently holds the position of Deputy Chair. She is a member of the scientific advisory committee to the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA), a member of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), a member of the Australian Association of Bioethics & Health Law and is the country representative for the international organisation Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (FAB).

A/Prof de Lacey will visit the network March 22 and 23 to participate in the PARTS workshop.

Professor Loane Skene LLD (UMelb), LLM (Mon), LLB (Hons) (UMelb)

loane skene

Loane Skene is a Professor of Law in the Faculty of Law and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She is a member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee, one of the principal Committees of the National Health and Medical Society; and a Deputy Director of the Centre for Law and Human Genetics at the University of Tasmania. She has served on numerous federal and state advisory committees, especially in relation to genetics and the law.

In 2005, she was Deputy Chair of the Lockhart Committee on Human Cloning and Embryo Research and became principal spokesperson for the Committee after the sudden death of the Chair, the late Justice Lockhart AO, in January 2006. She is the author of two books on medical law, (including the widely used text, Law and Medical Practice, 3rd ed, LexisNexis Sydney, 2008); and numerous chapters in books and articles in Australian and overseas legal, medical and scientific journals. In 2003, she was awarded a Centenary Medal for ‘Service to Australian Society through the Exploration of Legal and Ethical Issues of Health Care’ and in 2007 she was named by the Australian Financial Review among Australia's most powerful cultural figures.

Professor Skene will visit the network March 22 and 23 to participate in the PARTS workshop.