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Team Member

Vasiliki Rahimzadeh

Ph.D. Student

Vasiliki (Vaso) is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Family Medicine and the Centre of Genomics and Policy at McGill University under the joint supervision of Professors Bartha Maria Knoppers and Gillian Bartlett. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Microbial Biology and a minor in Global Poverty and Practice from the University of California Berkeley in 2012. Vaso joined the Centre of Genomics and Policy in 2013 while completing her MSc at McGill University in Experimental Medicine with a specialization in Biomedical Ethics. She was awarded the David McCutcheon Pediatric Palliative Care Fellowship for her MSc work on the ethics of engaging terminally ill children in pediatric palliative care research. Vaso has since led numerous qualitative studies at the Centre investigating the ethical, legal and social implications of disclosing incidental findings in pediatric genomic research. Her dissertation builds on her prior research in this area, and explores the intersections between data sharing in the pediatric data-intensive sciences and architectures of research ethics review policy in Canada. In 2015, Vaso was the recipient of the Friends of McGill Fellowship and, in 2016, was named a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar.

She is also active in the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health, namely as coordinator for the Ageing and Dementia Task Team, and as a contributing member of both the Ethics Review Equivalency and Pediatric Task Teams. Her research adopts an empirical bioethics approach to science policy modeling, and critically explores ethics governance of biomedical research typified by big data such as genomics and precision/personalized medicine involving children.