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Debra Mathews

Ethics and Governance Lead

Debra JH Mathews, PhD, MA, is the Ethics & Governance Lead at the Institute for Assured Autonomy and serves as a liaison with the Berman Institute of Bioethics. Dr. Mathews leads work focused on the ethical, societal, and governance implications of autonomous systems, and identifies opportunities across IAA activities for the integration of ethics and governance work and priorities.

Dr. Mathews is the Assistant Director for Science Programs for the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Genetic Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her academic work focuses on ethics and policy issues raised by emerging technologies, with particular focus on genetics, stem cell science, neuroscience, synthetic biology, and artificial intelligence. In addition to her academic work, Dr. Mathews has spent time at the Genetics and Public Policy Center, the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, and the National Academy of Medicine working in various capacities on science policy.

Dr. Mathews earned her PhD in genetics from Case Western Reserve University, as well as a concurrent Master’s in bioethics. She completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in genetics at Johns Hopkins, and the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics and Health Policy at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities.