Bioethical Lunches

In partnership with the Biointerfaces Laboratory Committees (BIONIC)

These bioethical lunches allow researchers to engage with one another and a featured guest on a topic relevant to their field over copious amounts of food. Our goal in these lunch-based discussions is for people to come with a hunger of both body and mind and to leave satiated in both, yet hungry for more. 

Special guests

Life-preserving technology was discussed by J. Scott VanEpps, Ph.D., M.D.; Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, and Macromolecular Science and Engineering; Associate Director, Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care

Clinical trialing was discussed by Cindy Chestek, Ph.D.; Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering; and James Weiland, Ph.D.; Professor in Biomedical Engineering and Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

More than a moral minute was spent discussing the implications of the research of a panel of graduate students: Daniel Clough (P.I. Lonnie Shea); Kevin Hughes (P.I. Lonnie Shea); Daniel Quevedo (P.I. Jeorg Lahann); Dominique Smith (P.I. Lonnie Shea); Richard Youngblood (P.I. Lonnie Shea); Yining Zhang (P.I. Lonnie Shea); Lauren Zimmerman (P.I. Timothy Bruns)

Complementary medicine was discussed by Richard Harris, Ph.D.; Associate Professor in Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center (Anesthesiology) and Division of Rheumatology (Internal Medicine)

Genomics was discussed by Tom Lanigan, Ph.D.; Director of the Vector Core; Assistant Research Scientist in the Department of Internal Medicine (Rheumatology)

Publishing and peer review was discussed by Nicholas A. Kotov, Ph.D.; Professor in Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Neural interfaces was discussed with Parag Patil, M.D., Ph.D.; Associate Professor in Neurological Surgery, Neurology, Anesthesiology, and Biomedical Engineering

(The ethics of) the business of biology was discussed with David Canter, M.B.; Senior Associate Vice President and Executive Director of the North Campus Research Complex


Previous Events



On life-preserving technologies with Scott VanEpps.

February 5, 2018, 11AM, NCRC B10 G063


On clinical trialing with Cynthia Chestek and James Weiland.

March 12, 2018, 12:30PM, NCRC B10 G063


On Star Wars with The Force. 

May 4th, 2018, 12PM, NCRC B10 ACR1

In “a moral minute” with several BME PhDs. 

May 4th, 2018, 12PM, NCRC B10 ACR1


On complementary medicine with Richard Harris.

October 11, 2018, 12PM, NCRC B18 Rm 115

On genomics with Tom Lanigan.

November 15, 2018, 12PM, NCRC B18 Rm 115

On Harry Potter with boys who lived (girls, too).

December 13, 2018, 12PM, NCRC B10 G065

On neural interfaces with Parag Patil.

February 14, 2019, 12PM, NCRC B10 G065

On publishing and peer review with special guest Nick Kotov.

February 21, 12PM, NCRC B10 ACR1 (rescheduled due to Shutdown)

On mathematical biology.

March 14, 2019, 12PM, NCRC B10 G065

On Game of Thrones with special guest Winter.

April 18, 2019, 12PM, NCRC B10 G065


On the quantified self with Barry Belmont.

September 24, 2019, 12PM, NCRC B10 G065

On artificial intelligence in medicine with Kayvan Najarian.

October 22, 2019, 12PM, NCRC B10 G065

On precision health with a special guest

November 19, 2018, 12PM, NCRC B10 G065

On death positivity with Merilynne Rush. 

December 17, 2019, 12PM. NCRC B10 ACR1

A bioethackathon on I. health research funding with special guest.

January 21, 2020, 12PM, NCRC B10 ACR1

A bioethackathon on II. model-to-model transitions with Tom Marten.

February 18, 2020, 12PM, NCRC B10 ACR1


A bioethackathon on III. health medical entrepreneurship with David Canter.

March 24, 2020, 12PM, NCRC B10 ACR1

A bioethackathon on IV. translational research. 

The culmination of this experiment!

April 21, 2020, 9AM – 5PM, NCRC B10 ACR1


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