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Tess Johnson


As a DPhil candidate in Philosophy, I am based at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. During my undergraduate studies in biology and anthropology at the Australian National University, I took an amazing class in bioethics, and discovered a love for asking the big “should” questions about scientific developments—from new reproductive technologies, to organ markets, to public health interventions. This led me to a Master of Bioethics course at Monash University, and on to Oxford for my DPhil. My thesis focuses on human germline genetic enhancement, and I argue for a new, society-considering approach to enhancement. You can read more about some of my ideas here, and see an Oxford Sparks interview about my research here.