Cara Crew

LMU Bioethics Institute Graduate Student 

Cara Crew is a second-year graduate student at the Bioethics Institute and the Craves Fellowship Scholar. She is passionate about ethical issues impacting mental and behavioral health, especially moral and normative implications and care surrounding addiction. Cara wrote a blog for the Hastings Center on Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics's issue covering chronic pain in the midst of the opioid crisis. You can read here. She also produced a piece for the Bioethics Hub on the commingling of mental health and addiction, and the need for a new, Bioethical, perspective. You can read here.

Alan Flores

LMU Bioethics Institute Graduate Student 

Born and raised in Southern California, Alan received a B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Psychology from California State University Dominguez Hills. Currently, Alan is a master’s candidate in his second year at the LMU Bioethics Institute. Additionally, he works as the Bioethics Institute’s graduate assistant, primarily supporting professors and maintaining and updating the LMU Bioethics homepage.

Matthew Shea, B.A., Ph.D.

Clinical Ethicist and LMU Bioethics Institute Adjunct Faculty Professor 

Dr. Shea is a Senior Clinical Ethics Fellow at the UCLA Health Ethics Center and a part-time faculty member at the Bioethics Institute at Loyola Marymount University. His areas of specialization are moral philosophy, bioethics, and clinical healthcare ethics. He completed a Ph.D. in philosophy at Saint Louis University in 2018, with a dissertation on well-being and natural law-virtue 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. 

Nicholas Brown, Ph.D.

Director of Bioethics Minor, LMU 

Dr. Nicholas Brown sits down to talk with Spectrum News to talk discuss Bioethics and Infertility: Are Doctors "Playing God"?

Dr Brown's research in bioethics focuses on how philosophical and theological conceptions of justice inform political discourse on public health and the distribution of health care resources and the ethical implications of biometric technology. Additionally, is a review of Dr. Brown's book "For the Nation: Jesus, the Restoration of Israel and Articulating a Christian ethic of Territorial Governance" published in the SCJR journal. 

Click here to watch and read the review.


Mia Loucks, M.A. 

LMU Bioethics Institute Alumna 

Mia Loucks, a graduate of the LMU Bioethics Institute,  delivered a presentation at the recent American University of Sovereign Nations Bioethics workshop. Entitled, "A Turn Towards the Individual: What Ayurveda Can Offer Bioethics." Ms. Loucks' presentation centers on how Ayurvedic medicine could be corrective  for the loss of meaning experienced within medicine as result of the denigration of lived experience in favor of objective rules and principles. 

You can watch Ms. Loucks' presentation here

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Julian Okoroanyanwu

LMU Bioethics Institute Graduate Student 

Fr. Julian Okoranyanqu is a Roman Catholic Priest in the Diocese of San Bernadino, and a graduate student of the LMU Bioethics Institute. He received his Bachelors in Philosophy and Bachelors in Theology from Seat of Wisdom, a Major Seminary in Owerri, Nigeria affiliated with Urban University in Rome. Click Here.


Chidi Chileke

LMU Bioethics Institute Graduate Student 

Fr. Chidi Chileke is a Roman Catholic Priest in the Diocese of San Bernadino, and a graduate student of the LMU Bioethics Institute. He received his Bachelors in Philosophy and Bachelors in Theology from Seat of Wisdom, a Major Seminary in Owerri, Nigeria affiliated with Urban University in Rome. Click Here.

"Pope Francis on the Joy of Love"

Co-edited by the Director of the Bioethics Institute at LMU, Roberto Dell'Oro, PhD

Click here to read more about “Pope Francis on the Joy of Love: Theological and Pastoral Reflections on Amoris Laetitia.” Edited by Thomas P. Rausch, SJ and Dr. Roberto Dell'Oro.

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Fr. Diego Menniti, S.Th.L.

LMU Bioethics Institute Graduate Student 

Fr. Diego Menniti, a priest of the Archdiocese of Catanzaro-Squillace in Calabria, Italy, was ordained on June 27, 2015. In 2016, he obtained his licentiate in Moral-Social Theology (S. Th. L. M.A. equiv.) from the Istituto Teologico Calabro, where he studied under Prof. Antonio G. Spagnolo. Fr. Menniti was appointed head of the preparatory year at the Pontifical Regional Seminary, "St Pius X" of Catanzaro, for the 2017-2018 academic year. He started post-graduate studies (M.A. in Bioethics) at Loyola Marymount University at the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year. Click Here.


2018 Bioethics Symposium

November 5th and 6th 2018

The Bioethics Institute at LMU recently held our annual Graduate Student Symposium for the cohort of 2019. Click here to read more about the students, their presentations, and to see photos from the event.


Gigi McMillan, M.A.

Program Administrator for the Bioethics Institute 

Gigi McMillan recently gave a series of talks to members of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) from the perspective of a Patient/Research Subject Advocate. Read more about Gigi and her presentation here.

Shanice Mcleish

LMU Bioethics Institute Graduate Student 

Originally from Jamaica, Shanice immigrated to Canada where she graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University having studied Biology and Psychology. She is a master’s candidate in her first year at the LMU Bioethics Institute. Click Here.


Jared Howes

LMU Bioethics Institute Graduate Student 

Hailing from Montana, Jared received a B.A. in theology from Carroll College. While at LMU he has had the pleasure of working as one of the Bioethics Institute's graduate assistants. He was recently invited to join Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit Universities. In his free time he enjoys, hiking, biking, fishing, and playing the Banjo. Upon graduation he will be pursuing an advanced M.S. in bioethics at the Catholic University of Leuven, where he will be researching ethics in dementia care. Click Here.

Roberto Dell'Oro, Ph.D.

Director of the Bioethics Institute 

Roberto Dell’Oro is the Director of the Bioethics Institute and a Professor in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University. Click here to read his message to the community about the mission of the Bioethics Institute and our activities.

Helena Olivieri, M.A.

Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Helena Olivieri is off to medical school! To read more about Helena's recent publication and her role here at the Bioethics Institute click here. 


James Giordano, Ph.D., MPhil

Ethicist and Neuroscientist

The Bioethics Institute at Loyola Marymount

University was excited to announce Dr. James

Giordano as the Visiting O'Malley Chair for 2018.

Read more about Dr. Giordano here.

Astrid Floegel-Shetty, B.A. 

LMU Bioethics Institute Graduate Student 

Astrid is a recent UCLA graduate with Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Biomedical Research minor.  She is presenting working at the UCLA  Department of Medicine Statistics Core, in the UCLA Bioethics Lab, and is a graduate student at LMU. Astrid is passionately committed to developing the skill sets for a career that lies at the intersection of bioethics, biostatistics, reproductive health, and teaching. Read here

Robbie Sian, S.J., M.D., M.A.

LMU Bioethics Institute '16 Alumnus

Robbie entered the Jesuit novitiate in 1997 and has served as a Christian Life Education teacher in Manilla, a physician to Montagnard refugees, and a school doctor and pastoral caregiver to handicapped students in Cambodia before graduating magna cum laude in his Theological studies. He is currently teaching bioethics in the Philippines. Read his story here

Uma Nicole, B.A.

LMU Bioethics Institute Graduate Student 

Uma received her B.A. in Mathematics and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. She is also a Yoga and Mindfulness instructor, a singer with the LMU Women’s Chorus and Consort Singers, a fellow for LMU’s Center for Student Action, and she is on LMU’s Committee for Criminal and Restorative Justice. 

Nita Milstein, M.A., M.B.A.

LMU Bioethics Institute '17 Alumna

Nita Millstein comes to bioethics from a background combining conflict resolution, (in corporations, nonprofit organizations and communities) and leadership consulting for healthcare and other organizations. She received her MBA from Loyola Marymount University and graduated from the Master’s in Bioethics program in May of 2017. Read an interview about Nita's interests in bioethics here

Aliza Grossman, J.D., M.A.

LMU Bioethics Institute '17 Alumna

Aliza Grossman graduated from the Master of Arts in Bioethics program in May 2017. She earned her J.D. from Loyola Law School in May of 2016. Read an interview the Aliza here

Alex Duvoisin, M.A.

LMU Bioethics Institute '17 Alumnus

Alex Duvoisin earned his Master’s in Bioethics in May 2017.  He is currently attending Loyola Law School. Read an about Alex here

Andres Elviras, M.A.

LMU Bioethics Institute '16 Alumnus

Andres Elviras is a 2016 graduate the LMU Bioethics Institute’s Master’s Degree Program. He began his undergraduate studies in physics, and then graduated with a degree in Philosophy, minor in Anthropology. Read about Andres here


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Tel: 310-258-5417

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