Center for Ethics and Humanities
in the Life Sciences

College of Human Medicine




Marleen Eijkholt

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Assistant Professor

Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences

Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology

Clinical Ethicist, Spectrum Health System

728 Secchia
(616) 234-2862
C-221 East Fee Hall
(517) 353-9523
marleen.eijkholt @

PhD 2011 University of Manchester
JD (LL.B/LL.M) 2005 Maastricht University

Curriculum Vitae
Research Gate Profile


Marleen Eijkholt’s interests are eclectic, but focus mostly around the Ethical Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of neurotechnology, reproductive medicine and clinical medicine or clinical research. Otherwise these are summarized as neuroethics, reproductive, clinical and research ethics. Marleen is excited about combining ethical, legal and philosophical theories with the clinical realities in her professional life as an ethics consultant, presenter, educator and researcher.

Selected Publications

Eijkholt M, Kwon BK, Illes J. “Dissociations in the meaning of risk between health care professionals and individuals with spinal cord injury”, Spinal Cord, 2013, 15(12), 909-912.

Eijkholt M, Anderson JA, Illes J. "Ethical reproducibility: towards transparent reporting in biomedical research", Nature Methods, 2013, 10(9), 843-845.

Eijkholt M, Anderson JA, Illes J. "Research accountability: Mandate ethics methods in papers", Nature. 2012, 487(7408), 432.

Eijkholt M. "Procreative autonomy and the new Human Fertilization and Embryology Act 2008: Does a coherent concept underpin UK law?" Medical Law International. 2011 11(2), 93-126.

Larissa Fluegel

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Assistant Professor

Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences

Learning Society Fellow, CHM West

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MHS 2014 Grand Valley State University
MD 2003 Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo

Curriculum Vitae


Research interests: Medical ethics and public health; medical education and health promotion; integration of ethics, health policy, distributive justice and evidence base in the practice of medicine.

Devan Stahl

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Assistant Professor

Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences

Department of Pediatrics and Human Development

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy

C-213 East Fee Hall
(517) 432-7420
devan.stahl @

PhD 2015 Saint Louis University
M.Div. 2010 Vanderbilt Divinity School
BA 2007 University of Virginia

Curriculum Vitae
MSU Scholars Profile
Research Gate Profile


Devan Stahl’s interests focus on clinical ethics, particularly beginning of life and end of life issues. She is particularly interested in the intersections between disability studies and bioethics as well as theological bioethics.

In early 2018, Devan released an edited volume (Cascade Books) examining the power of medical images and their impact on patients and the wider culture. The book brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines, including fine art, medical humanities, visual culture, philosophy, and theology, who each offer their own interpretation of a set of medical images. Visit the MSU Bioethics blog to learn more about the book, listen to Episode 7 of No Easy Answers in Bioethics.

Selected Publications

Stahl D, ed. Imaging and Imagining Illness: Becoming Whole in a Broken Body. Cascade Books; 2018. Read More

Stahl, D., Cabrera, L., Gibb, T. (2017). “Should DBS for Psychiatric Disorders Be Considered a Form of Psychosurgery? Ethical and Legal Considerations” Science and Engineering Ethics. DOI 10.1007/s11948-017-9934-y.

Stahl, D. and Tomlinson, T. (2017). “Is There a Right Not to Know?” Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology, 14: 259-260.

Stahl, D. and D.G. Stahl. (2016). “Seeing Illness in Art and Medicine: A Patient and Printmaker Collaboration,” Medical Humanities.

Selected Achievements and Awards

Jean Vanier Emerging Scholar Award (Summer Institute of Theology and Disability), 2018

Member, Committe on Bioethics, Michigan State Medical Society

HARP Production Grant, Michigan State University, 2016

President Elect, North American Paul Tillich Society

Laura Cabrera

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Assistant Professor

Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences

Department of Translational Science & Molecular Medicine

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
Faculty Affiliate, College of Law
Faculty Affiliate, Neuroscience Program, College of Natural Science
Faculty Affiliate, National Core for Neuroethics at University of British Columbia

C-211 East Fee Hall
(517) 355-7553
laura.cabrera @

PhD 2012 Charles Sturt University
MA 2008 Linköping Universitet
MA 2007 Linköping Universitet
BS 2005 Instituto Technologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

Curriculum Vitae
MSU Scholars Profile
Research Gate Profile


Laura Cabrera's interests focus on the ethical and societal implications of neurotechnology and neuroscientific advances. She has been working on projects that explore the media coverage and the attitudes of the general public toward pharmacological and novel neurosurgical interventions for the treatment of psychiatric disorders. She has also worked on the public perceptions towards the use of different modalities of neuromodifiers for enhancement purposes, as well as their normative implications.

Her current work also focuses on the ethical and social implications of environmental changes for brain and mental health.

Selected Publications

Eijkholt M, Cabrera LY, Ramirez-Zamora A, Pilitsis JG. Shaking Up the Debate: Ensuring the Ethical Use of DBS Intervention Criteria for Mid-Stage Parkinson's Patients. Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface. Available online May 11 2017. July 2017;20(5):411-416.

Cabrera LY. Rethinking Human Enhancement: Social Enhancement and Emergent Technologies. London: Palgrave Macmillan; 2015.

Cabrera L, Reiner P. Understanding public (mis)understanding of tDCS for enhancement. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience. Apr 2015;9(30).


Cabrera L, Fitz N, Reiner P.B. Reasons for comfort and discomfort with pharmacological enhancement of cognitive, affective, and social domain. Neuroethics. Aug 2015;8(2):93-106. DOI: 10.1007/s12152-014-9222-3.

Cabrera L. How does enhancing cognition affect human values? How does this translate into social responsibility? In: Ohl F, Lee G, Illes J, eds. Ethical Issues in Behavioral Neuroscience: Springer; 2015:223-241.

Cabrera L, Weckert J. Human Enhancement and Communication: on Meaning and shared understanding. Science and Engineering Ethics. Sept 2013;19(3):1039-1056.

Selected Achievements and Awards

2016-2018: International Neuroethics Society Response Action Task Force.

2016-2017: Michigan State University Science and Society at State Collaborative Grant Award, (PI: Laura Cabrera. Co-PIs: Robyn Bluhm, Mark Reimers), Psychiatric Interventions: Values and Public Attitudes.

2014: Abstract Award: Travel stipend for the International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting and abstract, “Substantive Discrepancies Between Academic and Public Concerns Regarding the Ethics of Neuroenhancement” (INS Abstract # 78).

2013: Brocher Foundation. Visiting research fellowship at the Brocher Foundation on the project ‘Legal and ethical issues around animal-human chimera research (the case of human neuro-related material use in non-human primates).’

2011: Singularity University Graduate Student Program Grant (June-August).

2011: Brocher Foundation. Visiting research fellowship at the Brocher Foundation on the project ‘Social enhancement and public health’ (January-February).

2010: PennNeuro Boot Camp. Grant to attend and participate in the second Penn Neuroscience Boot Camp.


Guobin Cheng

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Adjunct Associate Professor

Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences

2015-2016 Visiting Professor

Associate Professor, Southeast University, China

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PhD 2008 Southeast University
MBBS 1999 Southeast University (Nanjing Railway Medical College)

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Cheng's research expertise includes bioethics, cross-cultural and international bioethics, medical ethics in China, reproductive ethics, health care ethics, and the comparative history and philosophy of Chinese and Western medicine.

Selected Publications

Ethical Research of Human Gene Technology, Chinese Social Science Press, February 2012