Professor Michael J. Selgelid

Director, Monash Bioethics Centre

Professor Michael Selgelid is Director of  the Monash Bioethics Centre; Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Bioethics at Monash; and Chair of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Bioethics.  He is also an Adjunct Professor in the  School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine at Monash and a Monash-Warwick Honorary Professor in the Department of Politics & International Studies at the University of Warwick (UK). He has held previous appointments at the Australian National University (in Canberra), the University of Sydney, and the University of the Witwatersrand (in Johannesburg, South Africa).

He is a Member of  the General Ethical Issues Sub-committee of the Alfred Hospital Ethics Committee (in Melbourne) and  a Member  of the Scientific Committee of the Brocher Foundation in Hermance (Geneva), Switzerland.  He previously served on the Ethics Review Board of Médecins Sans Frontières, the Ethics Advisory Group of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, and the Board of Directors of the International Association of Bioethics.

Michael’s research primarily focuses on public health ethics, infectious disease ethics, research ethics, and ethical issues associated with biotechnology and other emerging technologies.

He co-authored Ethical and Philosophical Consideration of the Dual-Use Dilemma in the Biological Sciences (Springer 2008) and co-edited On The Dual Uses of Science and Ethics:  Principles, Practices, and Prospects (ANU E Press 2013);  Ethics and Security Aspects of Infectious Disease Control: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Ashgate 2012); Emergency Ethics (Ashgate 2012); Infectious Disease Ethics (Springer 2011); Health Rights (Ashgate 2010); and Ethics and Infectious Disease (Blackwell, 2006).

He edits a book series in Public Health Ethics Analysis for Springer and a book series in Practical Ethics and Public Policy for ANU E Press. He is Co-Editor of Monash Bioethics Review and was previously an Associate Editor of Journal of Medical Ethics.

Among numerous other engagements with the World Health Organization Michael served as an Advisor to the International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee regarding Ebola, and he was  Member of the IHR Emergency Committee on Zika Virus and Observed Increase in Neurological Disorders and Neonatal Malformations.

In 2015 Michael was commissioned by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to produce a White Paper on ethical issues associated with gain-of-function research.

Michael earned a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University; and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of California, San Diego, under the supervision of Philip Kitcher.

In 2018 The Australian identified Michael as Australia’s Field Leader in Bioethics (see: