Derek received his B.Sc from McGill in 2012, majoring in Biology and minoring in English Literature. He then joined the CGP as a Master's student under the supervision of Profs. Yann Joly and Rob Sladek, returning for his PhD in Human Genetics in 2015. Derek's thesis examines the ethical discourse around germline gene editing and the conceptual frameworks we use when imagining nonexistent people - particularly the idea of the "modular' human, in which different unitary characteristics are recombined like building blocks. His project is funded by a CIHR Doctoral Award.