Debra Mathews

Debra Mathews, Ph.D., M.A.

Assistant Director for Science Programs, Associate ProfessorJohns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Debra JH Mathews, PhD, MA, is the Assistant Director for Science Programs for the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and affiliate faculty in the Institute of Genetic Medicine. Dr. Mathews earned her PhD in genetics from Case Western Reserve University. Concurrent with her PhD, she earned a Master’s degree in bioethics, also from Case. She completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in genetics at Johns Hopkins, and the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics and Health Policy at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities. Dr. Mathews has also spent time at the Genetics and Public Policy Center, the US Department of Health and Human Services, and the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, working in various capacities on science policy. As the Assistant Director for Science Programs, she is responsible for overseeing the Stem Cell Policy and Ethics program (SCoPE) and the Program in Ethics and Brain Sciences, as well as other Institute initiatives in policy and ethics related to biomedical research. Dr. Mathews is a member of the steering committee of the Hinxton Group, an international collective of scientists, ethicists, policymakers and others, interested in ethical and well-regulated science, and whose work focuses primarily on stem cell research. Dr. Mathews has also been an active member of the International Neuroethics Society since 2006 and has served on the Society’s Board of Directors since 2015. Dr. Mathews’s academic work focuses on ethics and policy issues raised by emerging biotechnologies, with particular focus on genetics, stem cell science, neuroscience and synthetic biology.