John D Loike

John D Loike

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, USA

Title: Special Session on Changing landscape of Bioethics and Biotechnology


John D Loike, PhD serves as Director for Special Programs for the Center for Bioethics and is the Co-Director for Graduate Studies in the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is also an Advisory Board Member of the Columbia University Center for the Study of Science and Religion, Creator and Faculty Editor of the Columbia University Journal of Bioethics, and Course Instructor for Crossroads in Bioethics, a course for undergraduates offered each spring at Columbia College. His areas of interest in bioethics include stem cells, cloning, neuroethics, bioterrorism, and the interface of science and religion. He has co-organized several national and international conferences on Genetics and Bioethics, and he is the Founding Co-director of BIOCEP (BIOethical Cross-cultural Education Program), a two-week intensive summer internship program designed to promote educational and cultural exchange in medical ethics (medical tourism, emerging infections, stem cell research, reproductive medicine, etc.) with students from Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand.


Dr. Loike has published many ground-breaking articles on bioethics and specifically deals with bioethics from a Jewish perspective, for which he often teams with Rabbi Dr. Moshe David Tendler. Serving on an Rabbinical Council of America panel on stem cell research, Dr. Loike highlighted scientific innovations that could allow for additional research, while alleviating the ethical questions posed by the scientific use of embryonic stem cells