Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society

Sarah Chan

Reader in Bioethics


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Sarah Chan is an interdisciplinary bioethicist whose research explores the ethics of emerging modes of biomedicine. She works actively to engage scientists, policymakers, and wider publics in discussions around these issues.

She is one of the co-founders of the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society in 2018, and continues as an Associate Director. Previously at Edinburgh she was Director of the Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and Law. Before coming to Edinburgh, she worked from 2005 to 2015 at the University of Manchester; first at the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy and then the Institute for Science Ethics and Innovation.


Sarah has a wide interest in the ethics of new and emerging biotechnologies including stem cells, embryo research and reproductive medicine. Human enhancement, gene therapy and genetic modification, along with animal ethics and research ethics, are also areas of study. For more details of her current and previous grants and publications, please click here