Staff and Members



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 EnglishGlobal Ethics Observatory database






Board of Directors

Alberto Garcia, JD, Director , Istituto di Bioetica e Diritti Umani. Athenaeum Pontificium Regina Apostolorum

José Oyarzún, LC, STD. Vicepresident, Athenaeum Pontificium Regina Apostolorum

Joseph Tham, LC, PhD. Dean, School of Bioethics, Athenaeum Pontificium Regina Apostolorum

Gonzalo Miranda LC, PhD. Former Dean, School of Bioethics, Athenaeum Pontificium Regina Apostolorum

Alberto Carrara, LC, PhD in Medical Biotechnology Faculty of Medicine of the University of Padua (Italy)



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.

Gonzalo Miranda, LC, STD.

Joseph Tham, LC, MD, PhD.


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. He has been a a member of the Italian Neurobioethics Group since 2009. Since 2011, he has directed the blog site, the N&N (Neuroethics & Neuroscience blog site).




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; the Journal of Global Ethics; 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; served as a course lecturer in both the Faculty of Religious Studies and the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University; and, has taught in both the Department of Philosophy at St. John’s University and the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies at Marymount Manhattan College. Currently, he resides in New York City, where he is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies Program at New York University





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). Currently he serves as Director of CEJES “Centro de Estudios de Ciéncias Jurídico-Económicas e Sociais” at ANU. Seecurriculum in English and Portuguese.



Paul Lee

Paul I. Lee is currently a professor at both the Sogang University and Nicholas Cardinal Cheong Graduate School for Life, the Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. He is also a visiting professor at the Pontificio Ateneo Regina Apostolorum, Rome, Italy. He obtained his M.D. Degree at School of Medicine, the Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea in 1969, his Master’s Degree in Bioethics at Nicholas Cardinal Cheong Graduate School for Life, the Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea in 2009 and his Doctorate in Bioethics at the Pontificio Ateneo Regina Apostolorum, Rome, Italy in 2013. He is a board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. His primary interest in Bioethics is “Dignity and Equity in Women’s Health Issues.”



Spain Executive Director

Born in Madrid, Spain, Fernando Lorenzo is a medical doctor who graduated from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has worked in the field of education of young people and in the field of of communication in Mexico, where he has also served as Vicerector of Academic Affairs at the Anahuac University Merida. He holds a degree in philosophy from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He is candidate to hold a Master in Bioethics at Regina Apostolorum University and at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos de Madrid.


Research Scholars


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. She 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.




Dominique-Monlezun-imageDominique Monlezun serves as Director of Global Systems Research for UNESCO’s Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights (Rome, Italy), Chief Executive Officer for Global System Analytics & Structures (Rome, Italy), and Director of Research and Development for The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine (New Orleans, USA). A close family member’s diagnosis of a near fatal disease, worsened by a weak health system, radically redirected his passion for genetic engineering and predictive analytics. He now uses predictive analytics and system strategies to reduce social inequities and empower his collaborators and clients on 5 continents to optimize their health, business, and non-profit organizations. His research in biomedical informatics at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital and bioengineering at Brigham & Women’s Hospital guided his larger research focus in his first PhD on Global Health System Informatics, and his second PhD in Global Bioethics & International Law. Dominique is an Ironman 70.3 triathlete and former collegiate rower coached by an Olympic silver medalist. He dedicated his first volume of poetry on poverty and beauty in healthcare, Neuroanatomy of a Lily, to his wife.  



ResearchGate publications.


Elena Postigo Solana earned her doctorate in Bioethics in 2000 at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore de Roma with a thesis on the philosophical concept of death, brain death, and its bioethical implications. She has taught as an Adjunt Professor of Bioethics at the Gemelli di Roma, the Universidad de Navarra, the Universidad CEU San Pablo de Madrid, and at the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca. She is currently Adjunt Professor of Ethics and Bioethics at the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria in Madrid.

She was an Academic Visitor at the University of Oxford in 2006 and 2012. She serves as a member of the Scientific Committee at the Universidad del Sacro Cuore in Milan. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Asociación Española de Bioética y Ética Médica since 2003. She is part of the Editorial Committee for the magazines “Cuadernos de Bioética”, “Bioética y Persona,” and “Thémata.” She served as Vicerector of Research at the Universidad CEU San Pablo de Madrid 2009-2011. She has also been a member of the Pontifical Academy of Life since 2005. Her current research focuses on Transhumanism.

Read her full CV here



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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.




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Kevin Starley Ramirez Cantillo was born in the city Heredia, Costa Rica. He graduated from la Universidad Latina de Costa Rica with a degree in Industrial Engineering. In 2015, he began to work in the area of social commitment in the Universidad Anáhuac. He is currently studying a degree in Religious Sciences at the Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum and is finishing a certification of “Black Belt” in the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. He is also collaborating with Humilitas, an NGO at the service of Latin-American immigrants in Italy and in the “Solidarity in the time of crisis” project of EUROSOL.



Raffaele Mazzarella (Collaborator) of Caserta, Italy graduated in Law from the University of Naples Federico II, where he was admitted to the PhD Program in “Environmental Policies and Institutions, Finances and Tax.” Mazzarella has also participated in the diploma of “High Specialization in European Project Planning.” He obtained a Diploma of Specialization in Bioethics at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome. Mazzarella created the Festival of Life Medal of the President of the Italian Republic Italiana ( Currently he is the Director of the Centro Culturale San Paolo Onlus based in Campania and Coordinator of the Festival of Life.

He has published the following works: The Man by Example: Twenty routes to identify commitment in society (2010),The ABCs of Labor (2004) , Memorandum: An interesting journey through the history and faith of the diocese of Alife-Caiazzo (1999), and The ABCs of Accounting (1998).


Institutional Relations Italian UNESCO Chairs

Niccolò Corsi graduated in Bioethics at Regina Apostolorum University and currently is a candidate to PhD in the field of Filosophy of Law and Bioethics at Università Europea di Roma



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.

  • Bogi Sztancs
  • Cynthia Muñoz
  • Carolina Destarac
  • Emiliy Huezo
  • Andrei-Claudiu Hrişman
  • Geoffrey Sem
  • Matthew Sem