Jonathan Marks  -  Bioethicist and Barrister                      

Director of the Bioethics Program, Penn State; Affiliate Faculty, Penn State Law and School of International Affairs; Academic Member, Matrix Chambers, London

Jonathan H. Marks is director of the Bioethics Program at Penn State where he is also affiliated with the Law School and School of International Affairs (among others).  Having spent a decade in full-time legal practice in London, he retains his affiliation as an academic member of Matrix Chambers, a leading set of human rights barristers. From 2004-6, he held the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics and Health Policy at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins.  From 2009-2015, he was affiliated with the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard.

Jonathan works at the intersections of law, ethics, and policy, exploring the impact of industry funding on research in the biosciences (especially food and nutrition research), the access to health care of the undocumented, and the intersections between environment and public health, and between professional ethics and human rights. 

He frequently participates as an expert on legal and ethical issues in meetings held by organizations such as the Royal Society in London, the National Academies in Washington, D.C., and the WHO in Geneva.

As director of the bioethics program, Jonathan developed a novel doctoral degree program that encourages students explore systemic ethical problems that often have major legal and policy implications. He also redesigned a course on ethical leadership that was featured in an article in the New York Times, and draws on behavioral science, social and political history, biography, and literature (as well as philosophical texts) to explore ethical leadership--or failures thereof--in the professions and in various institutions including government, the academy, and industry.  To read more, click here.

Jonathan's writing has appeared in The Times (London), the New York Times, LA Times, and the New England Journal of Medicine, as well as a variety of other scholarly journals.  He has been interviewed by NPR, the BBC, AP, and Voice of America (among others) on topics that include international law, professional ethics, and human rights.  

Jonathan recently completed a book manuscript that explores the ethical implications of the relationships between industry, government, and the academy in the context of both research and policymaking.  The book is provisionally entitled "The Perils of Partnership:  Industry Influence, Institutional Integrity, and Public Health."  He continues to explore the ethics of reciprocity and influence, and the ethics of conflict and compromise.