Dr. Aurora M. Washington recently joined UNC-CH Social Medicine department as a postdoctoral fellow in clinical ethics and the ethical, legal and social implications of precision medicine. Aurora earned her B.S in Biology from Tougaloo College where she was a Jackson Heart Study scholar. She completed a one-year postbaccalaureate program in Neuroscience before matriculating into the Biotechnology Ph.D. program at Brown University. As a graduate student, Aurora studied in a neural tissue engineering lab where she developed and characterized species-specific cortical microtissues for toxicity testing. She earned a Carney Institute Brain Sciences graduate award because of the rigor of her thesis work and her commitment to her community in the graduate school and the general public. She has demonstrated her passion for science communication, creating equitable training environments, and assuring health equity by working with organizations like the Leadership Alliance Consortium, the Freedom Summer Collegiate Program, and the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council. In her postdoctoral training, Aurora is looking forward to obtaining formal training in Bioethics research as it relates to predictive biology and the growing involvement of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in healthcare.
Aurora M. Washington