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Jonathan D. Moreno

Senior Fellow

Expertise: Bioethics, medical ethics, stem cell research, end of life ethics, science policy, neuroethics, bioterrorism

Jonathan D. Moreno is a Senior Fellow at American Progress and the author of several books on national security, science, and ethics, including Mind Wars: Brain Science and the Military in the 21st Century and Undue Risk: Secret State Experiments on Humans.

He is the David and Lyn Silfen University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is 1 of 14 Penn Integrates Knowledge professors. At Penn, he is also a professor of medical ethics and health policy, of history and sociology of science, and of philosophy. His online neuroethics course drew more than 36,000 registrants in fall 2013. Moreno has served as an advisor to many governmental and nongovernmental organizations, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Moreno is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and is the U.S. member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee. He has served as a senior staff member for three presidential advisory commissions. In 2008–09, he served as a member of President Barack Obama’s transition team. He holds a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, was an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellow, was awarded an honorary doctorate by Hofstra University, and is a recipient of the Benjamin Rush Medal from the College of William and Mary Law School and the Dr. Jean Mayer Award for Global Citizenship from Tufts University. A frequent contributor to such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other major media, his work has been cited by Al Gore and was used in the development of the screenplay for “The Bourne Legacy.” The American Journal of Bioethics has called him “the most interesting bioethicist of our time.”