Biofutures Program Conveners

Andrea Whittaker is an ARC Future Fellow and has achieved international standing in the field of medical anthropology.  Her current research projects include the study of global medical trade and mobility; reproductive travel and biotechnologies in the Asia Pacific, including issues of gender, religion, bioethics and global regulation of the trade; and social isolation among HIV positive people in Queensland. 

Alan Petersen is Professor of Sociology and elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, UK. He was previously Professor of Sociology at Plymouth University (2001­–2007). His research spans the sociology of health and medicine, science and technology studies, and gender studies. His recent projects have explored the socio-politics of hope in the contexts of health, medicine and healthcare; the politics of bioethics; the governance of biobanks; the public representations of nanotechnologies, and the dynamics of anti-ageing treatment markets and of stem cell tourism.

Mark Davis is a medical sociologist with experience in clinical settings and public health research in the UK and Australia. He publishes widely on the sociology of infectious and chronic diseases, community-oriented health promotion and public health, and the narrative turns in bioethics and health communications. Mark leads an ARC Discovery Project on antimicrobial resistance and publics.

Catherine Mills is an ARC Future Fellow in the Centre for Human Bioethics. Her research addresses issues at the intersection of reproductive ethics, feminist philosophy and Continental philosophy. She currently leads ARC-funded projects on responsibility in human reproduction, and on emerging technologies for the inheritable genetic modification of the human genome.

Biofutures Research Fellows

John Gardner’s research focuses on the social and political dimensions of medical innovation. He is especially interested in the ethical challenges – particularly those relating to distributive justice – presented by transformative biomedical projects.  He joined the School of Social Sciences at Monash University in 2017 as part of the Health and Biofutures Focus Program.

Samuel Taylor-Alexander is an anthropologist of science and medicine who examines how new medical technologies are shaped vis-a-vis national cultures. He has worked at the ANU as a tutor, lectured at the University of Auckland, and was Senior Research Fellow in Medical Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. Samuel has held visiting positions at Harvard University (Program on Science, Technology and Society) and the University of Copenhagen (Anthropology). He is the author of On Face Transplantation: Life and Ethics in Experimental Biomedicine (Palgrave 2014). Samuel is currently exploring the role-out of whole genome sequencing for diagnostic purposes in the UK and Australia.