Graduate Students 

Ava Lekander 

LMU Bioethics Institute Graduate Student 

Ava Lekander grew up in Anchorage, Alaska before attending Loyola Marymount University for her undergraduate education. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology and a Minor in Jewish Studies. Ava became interested in Bioethics after learning of the history of physician mistreatment and abuse of minority populations. Ava plans to attend medical school and hopes to specialize in Obstetrics and Gynecology using her knowledge of Bioethics to provide the best care possible to her future patients.   

Flavius Rusu 

LMU Bioethics Institute Graduate Student 

Flavius Rusu is a first-year graduate student at the Bioethics Institute and the Craves Fellowship Scholar. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S degrees in Philosophy and Psychology. Flavius is passionate about ethical issues that arise as unprecedented technologies making their way into the realm of medicine.

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Larenza Elbert

LMU Bioethics Institute Graduate Student 

Larenza Elbert is a graduate student of the LMU Bioethics Institute. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from the University of Alabama. Larenza's volunteer work in the clinical setting acted as a catalyst for her interest in biomedical ethics.

Hannah Chaddha

LMU Bioethics Institute Graduate Student 

Hannah Chaddha is a first year student based out of Chicago Illinois. Hannah is a first year master’s candidate at the LMU Bioethics Institute. She graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago with a B.S. in Biological Studies and a minor in Spanish. Hannah also works as the Bioethics Institute's Craves Impact Fellow, tasked with measuring the impact of campus events and outreach. 

Brianna Feld

LMU Bioethics Institute Graduate Student 

With a Bachelors of Science in Biological Science: Option in Molecular Cell Biology & Physiology and a Minor in Chemistry from California State University, Long Beach, Brianna now pursues her Masters in Bioethics as a first-year graduate Student. Brianna's work in stem cell research drives her growing interest for bioethics.

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Martha Amador

LMU Bioethics Institute Graduate Student 

Martha Amador, a University of La Verne alumna with a Bachelors of Science in Sociology now pursues her Masters in Bioethics as a first-year graduate student at LMU. Martha's focus on social work fuels her passion for ethical questions and how they might better the lives of people in our community.

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Christopher Iloha 

LMU Bioethics Institute Graduate Student 

Christopher Iloha is a first graduate student of the LMU Bioethics Institute. 

Carrie Kohler

LMU Bioethics Institute Graduate Student 

Born and raised on the east coast, Carrie Kohler attended Gordon College on the northshore of Massachusetts for her undergraduate in Biblical and Theological Studies. Carrie also has a Master of Philosophy in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies from the Irish School of Ecumenics at Trinity College Dublin. Carrie works as a hospital chaplain and is very interested in the intersection of spirituality, religion, ethics and healthcare.