Research

I work in bioethics. My research interests concentrate on the neuroethical issues posed by novel invasive and implantable biomedical technologies, especially in the brain.

I am currently a Scientist Fellow (2017-2018) at the University of Washington (UW), in Seattle, US. My research is funded by Centre for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE), but I'm located within the Department of Philosophy.  As well, I'm concomitantly appointed at the National Core for Neuroethics, Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. In parallel, I am an ARC DECRA Research Fellow, affiliated with the Ethics, Policy & Public Engagement program of the ARC Australian Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES), located at University of Tasmania, Australia

My research consists in exploring the ethics of 'intelligent' implantable brain devices, in particular the effects of brain computer interfaces on patients sense of the self, autonomy, agency and control while being treated for neurological and psychiatric conditions (for instance, Dementia, Severe Depression, Parkinson's, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, etc).

I have worked on the ethical issues raised by 3D Bioprinting and potential usage of stem cells as treatment for brain diseases and spinal cord injuries. Moreover, I have been working on questions connected to the impact of neuroimaging and medical imaging on the scientific and popular cultures, the debate of equity in the allocation health care resources, concerns over mild-traumatic brain injury in sport and the discussion of neuropathologies related to dysfunctional behavior and on neurodegenerative disease associated with lack of responsibility.