Inmaculada de Melo-Martin, PhD, MS, is Professor of Public Health in the Division of Medical Ethics, Weill Cornell Medical College. She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and a M.S. in Molecular Biology. Her research interests include Bioethics and Philosophy of Science. Most of her work has been on ethical and epistemological issues related to reprogenetics and molecular genetics. She has been particularly concerned with calling attention to the importance of science when making ethical judgments; the importance of ethics when evaluating new scientific and technological developments and proposing public policies; and the importance of attending to the social and political context when assessing science and technology.
Dr. de Melo-Martin is the author of Making Babies: Biomedical Technology, Reproductive Ethics, and Public Policy (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1998), and Taking Biology Seriously: What Biology Can and Cannot Tell Us About Moral and Public Policy Issues (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005). Her work has been published in journals such as Academic Medicine, American Journal of Bioethics, Bioethics, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, The FASEB Journal, Fertility and Sterility, Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, The Lancet, Philosophy of Science, The Journal of Medical Ethics, and The Oncologist.