Dr. Kalina Kamenova is an Assistant Professor at the Bachelor of Arts and Science Program at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, where she teaches science communication, science and technology studies, and biomedical ethics. Her research interests are broadly interdisciplinary, spanning communication and cultural studies, social and political thought, deliberative democracy and participatory governance, bioethics, science policy, science and technology studies, and the emerging technologies in biomedicine. She received her PhD in Social and Political Thought in 2012 from York University in Toronto with a dissertation titled “The Public Communication and Biopolitics of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research in the United States and the European Union.” Dr. Kamenova also holds Master’s degrees in Comparative Literature and Ethnic and Pluralism Studies (University of Toronto), Gender Studies (Central European University), and Cultural Studies and Philosophy (Sofia University). From 2012 to 2013, she served as the Inaugural Research Director of the newly established Center for Public Involvement at the University of Alberta and was appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Extension. From 2013 to 2015, Dr. Kamenova was a Research Associate at the University of Alberta’s Health Law Institute and contributed to the Institute’s wide research portfolio in the areas of health law, science policy, and ethical, legal and social issues related to new and emerging biomedical technologies such as stem cell research, human cloning, assisted reproductive technologies, human enhancement, genomics, predictive genetic testing, and precision medicine. She has also taught courses in sociology of scientific controversies at York University and scientific and technical writing at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Dr. Kamenova has published on diverse topics such as media representations of translational stem cell research, predictive genetic testing and gene patents, research ethics and stem cell policy, stem cell tourism, public deliberation, and the ethics of human enhancement in high-impact journals such as Science Translational Medicine, Genetics in Medicine, The American Journal of Bioethics, AJOB Neuroscience, Stem Cell Reviews and Reports, Stem Cell Reports, and EMBO Reports.
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