2019 Summer Biomedical Ethics Interns



Hannah Gerdes, a rising senior at St. Olaf College, is from Naperville, IL.  She is majoring in philosophy. Following graduation, she plans to continue her education in a JD/MA program in bioethics.  Last summer Hannah studied  issues of surrogate decision making in pediatric bioethics in an internship at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO.  She continues to be interested in decision making in pediatric bioethics, as well as other issues of policy and protocol regarding decisionally incapable patients, and the effects of marginalization on healthcare.

Mya Singleton is a rising 4th-year at the University of Virginia, majoring in French with a minor in Bioethics.  She has a strong interest in clinical and research ethics and hopes one day to earn an MD/MA in Bioethics with a focus on the condition of minority patients and healthcare professionals within medical systems. As a bioethics intern, she hopes to gain insight on the ins and outs of clinical ethics consultations and the experience of healthcare professionals.  Mya has published an article, “Ain’t I Human?: The Role of Bias and Erasure in the Medical Subjugation of African/Black Patients, A Personal Narrative,” in GROUNDS: The Virginia Journal of Bioethics Spring 2019. Issue I Volume III; pp. 20-23. http://www.vabioethics.com/printjournal

David Zhao is a rising senior from the University of Chicago, originally hailing from Deerfield, Illinois. He is majoring in History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Medicine with a concentration in bioethics and minoring in biology. David has prior experience with research on muscle regeneration in Mutlu Lab at the University of Chicago and on bariatric surgery in Sheu/Tavakkoli lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Other than research, he is involved with the collegiate EMS unit, volunteers at the emergency room, tutors Chicago Public School students, competes in Model United Nations, and give campus tours for College admissions. In his free time he enjoys playing pool, hiking (like Shenandoah), watching Netflix, and cooking.