Dr. Dena Davis

Lehigh University Religion - Portrait of Professor Davis
Dena Davis
J.D., Ph.D.
Presidential Endowed Chair in Health
Professor, Bioethics
186 Williams Hall

My research interests are primarily in bioethics, but also in church & state, and religion & law. Within bioethics, I work primarily on issues in genetic research, Alzheimer’s Disease, reproductive technology and genetics, and decision making at the end of life. Current projects include a book on genetic taboos; an edited book on the ethical, legal, social, and medical implications of human egg freezing; work on male and female genital alteration (aka circumcision) and the furor in New York over the practice known as metzitzah b’peh .

I serve on the Early Phase Central IRB of the National Cancer Institute, and on the NIH Human Embryonic Stem Cell Eligibility Working Group. I am a trustee of Marlboro College and have served on the boards of the American Academy of Religion and the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities. I have been a Fulbright scholar in India, Israel, Italy, Indonesia, and Sweden.

Here is my C.V.