The Doctoral Students’ Networks, Experiences and Trajectories (dsNET) Project.  This project is a component of the larger NSF Career project described below.  This component of the project aims to understand the factors that affect the development of science and engineering doctoral students’ networks of peers and mentors and to examine the roles that these networks play and how they change as students advance through graduate school and enter the scientific workforce.

Ethically Contentious Science and the Graduate School Experience.  This project, funded by the NSF Career program, aims to understand how, if at all, studying an ethically contentious field during graduate school affects students’ learning and career outcomes.  For details, please see the project website.

Evaluating and Improving Oversight of Assisted Reproduction.  This project is focusing on understanding how well or poorly the current (largely self-regulatory) approach for the oversight of assisted reproduction works in the United States and to drawing on this understanding to help improve the oversight of this important but contentious medical technology.  Thus far, much of my work in this area of has focused on the practice of egg donation but I hope to expand into other areas in the future.

Research Policy and the Development of Stem Cell Science.  Over much of the last decade I have been interested in understanding how the policy environment affects the development of stem cell science and I have conducted a series of studies looking at scientist mobility, geographic preferences, access to research tools, etc.  This work addresses both the national and state-level policy environment.  Recent work in this general area has focused on understanding the impact of policy uncertainty on scientists working in the field. As part of my work on state stem cell policy, I created a database of state stem cell grants awarded through 2010.

Assessing the Rise and Impact of Unproven Stem Cell Based Interventions.  Building off my previous work on stem cell policy issues, I have recently been exploring the growth of unproven stem cell based interventions.  Sometimes termed “stem cell tourism,” this practice has generated substantial policy concern because of the risks it may pose to individual patients as well as to the broader field of stem cell research.