Kalina Kamenova

Research Associate, Lecturer
Member Since: 
Aug 24 '17
Biography: 

Dr. Kalina Kamenova is a Research Associate in the Institute on Ethics & Policy for Innovation (IEPI) and Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. Her current research focuses on the ethics and public engagement with genomic technologies in global health innovation and interventions, specifically the use of gene drive technology for elimination and eradication of mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue, chikungunya, and Zika. Previously, Kalina was an Assistant Professor in the Bachelor of Arts and Science Program at Trent University in Peterborough, where she taught courses in science and society, science communication, scientific controversies, and biomedical ethics. She has also held appointments as a Research Associate in the Health Law Institute (HLI) at the University of Alberta (2013-2015), and as the Inaugural Research Director of the Centre for Public Involvement (CPI) and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Extension of the University of Alberta (2012-2013). At CPI, she developed an active research program in deliberative public engagement and led a project for the implementation of a citizens’ jury on Internet voting policy in Edmonton, Alberta. She received her PhD in Social and Political Thought from York University in Toronto in 2012 with a dissertation on the public communication and bio-politics of human embryonic stem cell research in the United States and the European Union. She holds an MA in Comparative Literature and Ethnic & Pluralism Studies from the University of Toronto, an MA in Gender Studies from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, and an MA in Cultural Studies from Sofia University 'St. Kliment Ohridski' in Bulgaria. Her research in areas of piblic engagement, science communication, science policy and ELSI research (ethical, legal and social implications of the emerging technologies in biomedicine) has received international recognition through publications in top-rated academic journals and invited presentations at international conferences and workshops.