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Mette Ebbesen

Ekstern lektor, Lektor

Curriculum Vitae

Personal information

Born 1975 in Copenhagen

 

Academic degrees

2009

PhD Degree in health sciences (bioethics), Aarhus University (AU), Denmark.

PhD Thesis: Bioethics in Theory and Practice.

2003

Master of Science Degree (MSc) in molecular biology, AU.

Master’s thesis: Development of a Retroviral Delivery System of siRNAs against the Oncogene H-ras.

2002

Master of Arts Degree in applied ethics (MA), Linköping University, Sweden.

Master’s thesis: The Golden Rule and Bioethics. A Reflection upon the Foundation of Ethics.

2000

Subsidiary subject in philosophy, AU.

1998

Bachelor Degree in biology (BA), AU.

 

Appointments

2019-

Associate Professor (Biomedical Ethics). Department of Molecular Medicine (MOMA) and Centre for Science Studies, AU.

2016-

Lecturer (Philosophy and Ethics of Science). Centre for Science Studies, Science and Technology, AU.

2020-

Lecturer (Philosophy and Ethics of Science). Department of Science Education, KU.

2018-2019

Lecturer (Applied Philosophy, Ethics and Political Philosophy). Department of Media, Cognition, and Communication. Research Section: Philosophy. University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

2014–2016

Associate Professor (Biomedical Ethics) and Director for Centre for Bioethics and Nanoethics, Aarhus University, Denmark. Department of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts, AU.

2014–2016

Associate Professor (Biomedical Ethics). The Lundbeck Foundation Initiative for Integrative Psychiatric Research – iPSYCH.Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health, AU.

2012–2014

One-year full-time Postdoctoral fellowship (Biomedical Ethics) funded by the project iPSYCH, Lundbeck Foundation (spread over a longer time-period because of part-time employment and maternity leave). Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health, AU.

2011–2014

Two-years full-time Postdoctoral fellowship (Biomedical Ethics) funded by the Carlsberg foundation (spread over a longer time period because of part-time employment and maternity leave). Centre for Bioethics and Nanoethics, Department of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts, AU.

2012–2013

Maternity leave for 10 months.

2009–2011

One- year full-time Postdoctoral fellowship (Biomedical Ethics) funded by the Danish Cancer Society (spread over a longer time period because of leave and part-time employment). Centre for Bioethics and Nanoethics, Faculty of Theology, AU.

2009–2010

Maternity leave for 11 months.

2004–2009

Three-years full-time PhD scholarship (Biomedical Ethics) funded by the Danish Cancer Society and the Danish Humanities Research Foundation (spread over a longer time period because of part-time employment and maternity leave). Faculty of Health and the Centre for Bioethics and Nanoethics, Faculty of Theology, AU.

2004–2009

Research Assistant (Nanoethics). iNANO Centre, Faculty of Science and Technology, AU.

2006–2007

Maternity leave for 6 months.

2003–2004

Researcher (Molecular Biology) scholarship funded by the Danish Cancer Society. Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Faculty of Science and Technology, AU.

2001–2004

Teaching Assistant (Philosophy and Philosophy of Science). Faculty of Science and Technology and Faculty of Theology, AU.

 

Visiting Researcher / Studies abroad

Nov 2016

Research meeting and seminar with Tom Beauchamp, AU.

June 2012

Research meeting with Tom Beauchamp, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Dec 2008

Research meeting with Tom Beauchamp, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

May/June 2008

Visiting Researcher at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, USA. In collaboration with Tom Beauchamp.

May/June 2006

Visiting Researcher at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, USA. In collaboration with Tom Beauchamp.

May 2005

Visiting Researcher at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, USA. In collaboration with Tom Beauchamp.

1995–1996

Student at Indian River State College (scholarship), Fort Pierce, Florida, USA.

 

Supervision

2019-

Project supervisor for Bachelor Thesis on Global Justice in Health Care. Klara Brydensholt (medicine student). Institute of Biomedicine, Health, AU.

2019-

Project supervisor for Project Work on Ethical Perspectives on Euthanasia. Peter Jepsen (science studies student). Center for Science Studies, AU. 

2018 - 2019

Project supervisor for Bachelor Thesis on Immune Therapy and Ethics. Anna Krabbe (medicine student). Institute of Biomedicine, Health, AU.

2017 – 2018

Project supervisor for Master's Thesis: Ethics in a limited economy: Challenges in the application of biological therapies. Tara Bladt (molecular medicine student), Science and Technology and Health, AU.

2016

Project supervisor for Master’s Thesis on The Golden Rule and the Four Principles of Biomedical Ethics. Mads Bjerre Gram (theology student), Centre for Bioethics and Nanoethics, the Department of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts, AU.

2015 – 2016

Project supervisor for Bachelor Thesis on ethical evaluation of molecular biology. Tara Bladt (molecularbiology student), Faculty of Science and Technology, AU.

2012 – 2017

Project supervisor for PhD Thesis:  Whole Genome Sequencing – New Possibilities, New Dilemmas. Anna Sundby (public health student), iPSYCH, Faculty of Health, AU.

2011–2015

Project supervisor for PhD Thesis: Ethical Considerations of Carbon Nanotubes. Anna Julie Rasmussen (nanoscience student), Centre for Bioethics and Nanoethics, Department of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts, AU.

2009–2010

Project supervisor for Master’s Thesis: Toxicity and Ethical Considerations of Nanoparticles.  Anna Julie Rasmussen (nanoscience student), the iNANO Centre, Faculty of Science and Technology, AU.

 

Personal grants, scholarships, and prizes

2019

Individual grant Science and Technology, AU: Participation in Intensive Bioethics Course, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, USA, June 2020. 

2011

Individual research grant: Postdoctoral / Associate Professor fellowship, the Carlsberg Foundation. Project: The Importance of the Four Bioethical Principles of Biomedical Ethics – an Empirical and Philosophical Study.

2009

Individual research grant: Postdoctoral fellowship, the Danish Cancer Society. Project: The Importance of the Four Bioethical Principles of Biomedical Ethics – an Empirical and Philosophical Study.

2006

Awarded the Novo Nordic PhD Plus Prize.

2004

Individual research grant: PhD scholarship, the Danish Cancer Society. Project: Bioethics in Theory and Practice.

2002–2003

Individual research grant: MSc scholarship, the Danish Cancer Society. Project: RNA Interference as Inhibitor of Oncogenes Identified by Proviral Insertional Mutagenesis. 

1995–1996

Individual scholarship at Indian River State College, Fort Pierce, Florida, USA.

 

Main teaching 

2018 - 2019

Lecturer for the course: Ethics and Political Philosophy  on the BA-program in philosophy. Department of Media, Cognition, and Communication. Research Section: Philosophy. University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

2016 -

Lecturer for the course: Philosophy and ethics of science, BSc-programs in agrobiology, biology, molecular biology, molecular medicine, medicinal chemistry, and chemistry. Centre for Science Studies, Science and Technology, AU. 500 students attend each year. 

2014

Responsible Lecturer: Postgraduate course in Bioethics (Track C: Ethics, Social Philosophy, and Political Philosophy), Philosophy, Department of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, Denmark. 20 students attended. (Responsible lecturer together with Associate Professor Morten Dige).

2004–2009

Responsible Lecturer: Postgraduate course in Ethical Evaluation in Biotechnology and Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, Denmark.  Approximately 15-40 students attended.

 

Organization of lectures / Research networks / workshops

2015

Organizer of lecture on the four principles of biomedical ethics and common morality in November 2015 by Professor Tom Beauchamp, Georgetown University, USA, at AU.

Organizer of lecture on nanoethics by Professor John Weckert, Charles Sturt University, Australia, (member of the former Nano Ethics Network), at AU.

2006–2008

Coordination of Nano Ethics Network, an international research network with approximately 75 participants discussing ethics in nanotechnology. Organizer of several workshops at AU.

2004–2006

Coordination of Gene Ethics Network, a research network at the Aarhus University, participants from the disciplines of medicine, molecular biology, nanoscience, philosophy, and theology discuss the ethical implications of bio- and nanomedical research. 

 

Congresses, symposia and workshops attended

2019

Attended: Annual research symposia (III) of Department of Clinical Medicine on clinical and biomedical research and practice. Department of Clinical Medicine, AU.

Attended: Conference: Bioethics and political philosophy – Nordic perspectives. Department of Political Sciences, AU.

Attended: Conference: Nanomedicine. iNANO Center, AU.

Attended: Workshop: Health match making day 2019. Health, AU.

Presentation/lecture: Half-yearly meeting (II), NorDCaP project on molecular prostate cancer research. Health, AU.

Attended: Nordic PerMed workshop on responsible research innovation theory and practice. Oslo, Norway.

Chair and presentation: Yearly meeting (I) NordCaP external ethical advisory board. Health, AU.

Presentation/lecture: Half-yearly meeting (I), NorDCaP project on molecular prostate cancer research. Stockholm, Sweden.

Attended: Annual Novo Nordisk - AU Symposium (II) on Biomedicine, Science and Technology, AU. 

2018

Attended: Conference: Truly Human? On Human Enhancement. Department of Philosophy, Arts, AU.

Attended: Conference/workshop: Zoophysiology in the wild – comparative biology. Department of Bioscience, Institute of Advanced Sciences, AU.

Attended: Annual Novo Nordisk - AU Symposium on Biomedicine (I), Novo Nordisk, Måløv.

Attended: Annual Research Symposia (II), Department of Clinical Medicine, Health, AU. 

Attended: Conference: Issues in philosophy of medicine, bioethics, and medical practice. Nordic-Baltic Network of Philosophy of Medicine, Arts, AU.

2017

Attended: Yearly conference of The National Centre for School Research on how research improve the professional judgement of teachers and pedagogues, The Danish School of Education (in Danish: DPU), Emdrup, Copenhagen.

Attended: Annual Research Symposia (I), Department of Clinical Medicine, Health, AU. 

2015

Attended: Yearly meeting of the National Committee on Health Research Ethics, Vejle, Denmark.

Presentation: Workshop on New Directions in Informed Consent, Department of Media, Cognition, and Communication, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Presentation: The Gender Agenda in Academic Philosophy, Department of Media, Cognition, and Communication, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Associated to Ethical Committee on a whole genome sequencing project: GenomeDenmark, attended several meetings spring 2015 (the project ended this year).

2014

Attended: 22nd World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Attended: The Danish Council of Ethics workshop debating the secureness of health data, Christiansborg, Copenhagen.

2012–2016

Member of Ethical Advisory Board on whole genome sequencing project, iPSYCH, Denmark.

2012

Attended: 11th World Congress of Bioethics, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

2011

Attended: Nordic Biobank Research Obstacles and Opportunities, Uppsala, Sweden.

Presentation: Workshop on Synthetic Biology – Philosophical and Societal Perspectives, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

2008

Attended: International Conference on Human Rights and Biomedicine, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Presentation: Annual Conference of Societas Ethica (European Society for Research in Ethics), Finland.

2006

Presentation: Nutrigenomics and Health – from Visions to Food, KVL, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Poster: Limits of Autonomy, Stockholm, Sweden.

Attended with book chapter for publication: Ethics and Politics of Food. EURSAFE 2006. Oslo, Norway.

Attended: Annual Conference of Societas Ethica (European Society for Research in Ethics), Oxford, England.

2005

Nano Ethics, University of South Carolina, USA.

Presentation: Annual Conference of Societas Ethica (European Society for Research in Ethics), Austria.

Attended: Small Wonders - Big Questions (The Ethics of Nanotechnology), University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Presentation: Workshop on Bioethics at the Centre for Social Ethics, University of Helsinki, Finland.

2004

Poster: siRNAs and miRNAs, Keystone, Colorado, USA.

Attended: Health, IT, and Ethics, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Presentation: Annual Conference of Societas Ethica (European Society for Research in Ethics), Slovenia.

Attended: The Ethics of Patenting Human Genes and Stem Cells, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Presentation: A Nanotechnological Reality – Ethics, Sociology, and Communication, Aarhus University, Denmark.

 

Courses completed

2016

Course: Doctoral supervision, consisting of four modules, AU.

2016

Course in University Pedagogy for Postdocs and Assistant Professors, consisting of four modules, AU.

2008

Intensive Bioethics course, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, USA.

2006

Academic English, Faculty of Theology, AU.

Intensive Bioethics course, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, USA.

2005

PhD course: Qualitative Research Paper, AU.

PhD course: Basic and Applied Aspects of Molecular Biology in Cancer: Lessons from Haematology, AU.

Danish Research School in Molecular Cancer Research –  Summer Meeting, AU.

Educational Pedagogy 2, the Centre for Educational Development, AU.

Intensive Bioethics course, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, USA.

2004

PhD course: Basic course in Health Sciences Research, AU.

PhD course: Presentation using PowerPoint, AU.

PhD course: Qualitative Research, AU.

PhD course: Methods in Qualitative Research, Department of Psychology, AU.

PhD course: Medical Philosophy and Ethics B, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Educational Pedagogy 1, the Centre for Educational Development, AU

2003

Nordic-Baltic summer course in Theological Ethics, Estonia.