Prof. Alberto García is Doctor in Law from Complutense University in Madrid. Presently, he is Professor of Philosophy of Law and International Law at the School of Bioethics of Athenaeum Pontificium Regina Apostolorum in Rome. Furthermore he is a researcher of the Human Rights Institute at Complutense University. For 5 years he has been member of the Steering Committee of Bioethics in the Council of Europe and in 2005 he has been honoured with the National Prize of the Spanish Royal Academy of Doctors in the field of legal and social sciences. See Curriculum Vitae English Global Ethics Observatory database
Board of Directors
Alberto Garcia, JD, Director , Istituto di Bioetica e Diritti Umani. Athenaeum Pontificium Regina Apostolorum
Jesús Villagrasa, LC, STD. President, Athenaeum Pontificium Regina Apostolorum
Gonzalo Miranda, LC, PhD. Dean, School of Bioethics, Athenaeum Pontificium Regina Apostolorum
Fellows are scholars involved in a specific area of interest of the UNESCO Chair. Their task entail the education and training, academic research, and diffusion of knowledge though coordination different activities that will further the goals of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights.
Alberto Carrara LC is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Regina Apostolorum University. In 1999, he received the title as a laboratory technician for the European Institute Pietro Scalcerle of Padua, and in 2004 he was proclaimed Doctor in Medical Biotechnology for the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Padua (Italy), Department of Microbiology, Virology and Medical Biotechnology. In 2011, he received the Licence in Philosophy for the Faculty of Philosophy of the Regina Apostolorum Athenaeum, and in 2013 the Bachelor Degree in Theology for the same academic Institution. Now he is PhD candidate in Philosophy. Since 2009 he is a member of the Italian Neurobioethics Group.
Pietro Ramelini holds a Master in Biology and in Natural Sciences. Postgraduate Specialisation in Epistemology, Philosophy and History of Science. Invited Professor at the Pontifical Athenaeum 'Regina Apostolorum'. Teacher in high schools - Public Instruction Ministry (Italy). Member of the Interuniversity Centre "Res Viva" (Rome). See Curriculum Vitae
Chris Durante holds a PhD in Ethics from the Religion & Culture area of the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University, a MA in Religious Studies from Georgia State University and a MSc in Philosophy of Mental Disorder from King’s College London. As an interdisciplinary scholar he has research and teaching interests in Bioethics, Comparative Religious Ethics, and Moral & Political Philosophy. His publications have appeared in journals such as: the American Journal of Bioethics; the Journal of Religious Ethics; Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy; and the Journal of Church & State. In the past he held a research internship at the Hastings Center for Bioethics and Public Policy; was a researcher in collaboration with the Religion & Globalization Initiative of McGill University and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation; and served as a course lecturer in both the Faculty of Religious Studies and the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. Currently, he resides in the New York metro area, where he teaches in both the Department of Philosophy at St. John’s University and the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies at Marymount Manhattan College.
Prof. José Octávio Serra Van-Dúnem is Doctor in Sociology from the University Research Institute of Rio de Janeiro, Cândido Mendes University (Brazil) and Degree in Philosophy, at the Humanities College of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, in Lisbon (Portugal); graduate degree in Higher Business Studies at Universidade Católica Portuguesa, (Lisbon, Portugal) and in Prévision et Prospective Démografique by the Institut de Demographie of the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium). From 2005 to 2009, Dean of the Faculty of Law at the Agostinho Neto University, Luanda (Angola). See curriculum in English and Portuguese.
US Executive Director
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Michael Gannon holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management from University Anahuac, Mexico City. He also graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Religious Sciences from the Athenaeum Pontificium Regina Apostolorum, in Rome, Italy. He has worked internationally in the field of education, and is a consultant in the health care sector.
Claudia R. Sotomayor. Born in Mexico City, Claudia holds an M.D from Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua, in Chihuahua, Mexico. She also graduated with a Master's degree in Bioethics from Anahuac University with the highest honor.She was the health coordinator for FUNDESPEN A.C., an ONG helping the rural areas of the Mayan Region. She has worked as a Professor at Anahuac University, and currently she is working as a Research Associate and Clinical Bioethics Consultant at different hospitals in Atlanta, GA.
María Elizabeth de los Rios Uriarte holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. Cum Laude. She also graduated from a Master of Science in Bioethics at Universidad Anáhuac in Mexico City. Cum Laude. Also, holds a Ph. D. in Philosophy at Universida Iberoamericana. Cum Laude. Her areas of interest are multiculturalism, postmodernism, violence and migration. She has worked at different Universities at Mexico City and she is currently a Professor at Universidad Anáhuac and Universidad Panamericana.
Director, Medical Student Research
Dominique J. Monlezun, MPH
Growing up amid his mother and father’s personalized service for their respective rural patients and propane customers, Dominique went on to obtain his Masters in Public Health from Tulane University to reverse America’s health disparities through health system optimization and person-centered patient focus. After completing biomedical informatics research at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital and bioengineering at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Dominique returned to Tulane to supervise 104 student researchers in the world's first medical school based teaching kitchen, The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine (GCCM), and the Tulane Stroke Program during his PhD dissertation years, committed to a nationally scalable model of medical student-led cooking classes in lower income communities. As the Director of Research and Development for GCCM, he is completing his dissertation on Bayesian optimization in machine learning for health system performance. Aside from his international conference presentations on health systems and neurobioethics, his PubMed peer-reviewed manuscripts can be found here. Dominique is a former competitive collegiate rower coached by Olympic silver medalist, Bob Jaugstetter, and current Ironman 70.3 triathlete. He graduated magnum cum laude in legal philosophy and English from Tulane University, and completed his first volume of poetry in poverty and beauty, Neuroanatomy of a Lily. Dominique serves as the Director for Medical Student Research within the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s Chair in Bioethics & Human Rights based in Rome, Italy.
Michael Baggot graduated summa cum laude from Christendom College with a B.A. in Philosophy, before working in Rome as a Resident Director for the school's study abroad program. In 2013, he received a licentiate of philosophy summa cum laude from the Athenaeum Pontificium Regina Apostolorum in Rome. Prior to entering the seminary, Baggot reported on prominent bioethical issues as a writer for the LifeSiteNews organization. He spent his initial period of seminary formation near Cologne, Germany. He later worked as an assistant for the Curso de Hispanidad in Mexico City and as a teacher at Pinecrest Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, before returning to Rome for further studies.
Development OfficerDaniel F. Kane, Sr . Mr. Kane is a medical nuclear physicist, and a partner in a national diagnostic medical physics consulting firm.
Interns are students or junior scholars interested in Bioethics and Human Rights. They assist the fellows and the director of the UNESCO Chair in academic research projects, coordination of events, and diffusion of news.
- Niccolò Corsi
- Angela Lane
- Cynthia Muñoz
- Bogi Sztancs
- Andrei-Claudiu Hrişman
- Geoffrey Sem