Research Associates

Jeantine Lunshof

Position Assistant Professor
Research fields Philosophy, Ethics, Neuroethics, Synthetic biology, Genome editing, Synthetic morphogenesis
  • Research Profile
  • Selected Publications
  • Jeantine E. Lunshof

    Assistant Professor, ERIBA, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Netherlands. Philosopher, Ethicist, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at HarvardLecturer, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School

    Jeantine Lunshof received her BA in Philosophy and Tibetan Language and Culture from the University of Hamburg, her MA in Philosophy and Health Law from the University of Amsterdam, and her PhD from VU University Amsterdam. Focus of her work is on philosophical research ethics in the field of genomic sciences and biological engineering where disruptive technological innovations call for epistemological and normative exploration. Since 2006 she has been involved with the Personal Genome Project for which she developed the innovative model of Open Consent. She was awarded a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship (2013-2015) for the study of conceptual and normative questions in systems biology. She was involved in early work on genome editing, in particular the development of CRISPR.

    Jeantine conducts her philosophical and ethical work on the workfloor of the lab. As a collaborator of George Church in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School she developed the model of ‘Collaborative Ethics’ that she is currently implementing across the field of biologically inspired engineering at the Wyss Institute, where she works with the Synthetic Biology Platform and the Organs-on-Chips group led by Don Ingber.  She is passionate about teaching and mentoring students and young researchers.

    Jeantine is member of the Faculty of the Harvard Center for Bioethics and teaches Conduct of Science at the Division of Medical Sciences at HMS. She is Associated Researcher with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and Faculty Associate with Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard.


    • Lunshof JE. (2021)Brain Surrogates - Empty or Full Makes the Difference. Am J Bioeth.  
    • Levin M, Bongard J, Lunshof JE. (2020) Applications and ethics of computer-designed organisms. Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology.
    • Hyun I, Scharf-Deering JC, Lunshof JE (2020) Ethical Issues Related to Brain Organoid Research. Brain Research.
    • Delborn JA, Kokotovich AE, Lunshof JE (2020) Social license and synthetic biology: the trouble with mining terms. Journal of responsible Innovation.  
    • Aach J, Lunshof J, Iyer E, Church GM (2017) Addressing the ethical issues raised by synthetic human entities with embryo-like features.Elife.  
    • Lunshof JE, Birnbaum A. (2017) Adaptive Risk Management of Gene Drive Experiments: Biosafety, Biosecurity, and Ethics. Applied Biosafety.  
    • Lunshof JE.(2016) Human germ line editing-roles and responsibilities. Protein Cell.  
    • Lunshof JE, Church GM, Prainsack B.(2014) Information access. Raw personal data: providing access. Science  
    • Lunshof JE, Chadwick R.(2011) Editorial: Genetic and Genomic Research – Changing Patterns of Accountability. Accountability in Research.  
    • Lunshof JE, Chadwick R, Vorhaus DB, Church GM. (2008) From genetic privacy to open consent. Nature Reviews Genetic.  
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