About me

I am an Ontario lawyer, with a strong background in ethics. I am currently completing my PhD at Osgoode Hall Law School while holding a Fellowship in Artificial Intelligence Law and Ethics at the Centre for Computational Medicine at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). I also serve as a member of York University’s Artificial Intelligence and Society Task Force and as a member of the newly formed Artificial Intelligence in Medicine at SickKids (AIM@SK) Task Force.

My research brings my doctoral work in law, applied ethics and public sector governance to bear on the regulation of innovative and emerging technologies. I am particularly interested in the analysis of different challenges and concerns related to precision and personalized approaches to health care. My recent work explores:

  • What role, if any, the state should play in regulating the use of Artificial Intelligence in both the public and private sectors;
  • The regulation and application of Genome Editing, as well as other approaches to Precision Medicine that are emerging as a result of the advancement of AI;
  • Understanding and advancing Public Ethics (particularly in the public service, law and health professions) in light of the rapid and ongoing development of new and highly adaptable technological tools.

My teaching interests include: Health Law (especially in relation to biotechnology), Legal Ethics and Professionalism, Political Law, Legal Foundations (including legal research and writing and justice system administration) and Jurisprudence. My strength in these areas has allowed me to teach courses in law, public policy, political science and philosophy.

My academic work is also informed by my status as a rare disease patient, parent and advocate. I dedicate much of my time to raising awareness about the challenge of living with chronic illnesses and trying to find ways to help improve the lives of others. As part of my work in this space, I have joined the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Research Ethics Board as a legal member, am a former member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders (CORD), and am a member of both the Government of Ontario’s Rare Disease Implementation Plan Steering Committee and Rare Disease International’s (RDI) Working Group on Rare Disease Research. RDI represents the global rare disease patient community on the NGO Committee for Rare Diseases, which has consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

Click here to see a list of my current academic and professional service commitments.

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