Meet our Current Graduate Students Current Students Hannah Carpenter - PhD Student Close Hannah Carpenter - PhD Student Hannah Carpenter is a Bioethics and Health Humanities PhD student from England who joined the University of Texas Medical Branch Institute for Bioethics & Health Humanities in Fall 2022. She holds a Law (with American Legal Studies) degree from the University of East Anglia and a Masters degree in Medical Law and Ethics from Kings College London. She is passionate about reproductive ethics and in particular advocating rights for women.Research Interests: Reproductive Ethics and Justice, Clinical Genetics, End of Life Care, and Incarcerated Health Care. Nathalie Egalite, MA - PhD Candidate Close Nathalie Egalite, MA - PhD Candidate Nathalie Egalite is a PhD candidate in the medical humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She holds an Honours Bachelor in Bioethics from the University of Toronto and a Master in Bioethics from the University of Montreal. Her dissertation examines moral challenges arising from the writing and publication of patient stories by physicians. Research Interests: Applied Ethics, Philosophy of Medicine, Postcolonial Thought, Literature. Klarissa Garza - MPH Bioethics Track Student Close Klarissa Garza - MPH Bioethics Track Student Klarissa Garza is an MPH student on the Bioethics track at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Texas A&M University and is on the pre-med track. Research Interests: Women's Health, Neurology, Cancer, Understudied/Medically underserved populations, Clinical and Public Health Ethics Grayson R. Jackson, MD/PhD Student Close Grayson R. Jackson, MD/PhD Student Grayson R. Jackson is an MD-PhD student who formally joined the Institute for Bioethics & Health Humanities in 2022. He holds an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Grayson is a Student Scholar in the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine and an alum of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship of Houston–Galveston. He is passionate about health advocacy and has held leadership roles in Allies in Health, UTMB's LGBTQ+ student organization, and the Medical Student Section of the Texas Medical Association. Research interests: LGBTQ+ health, clinical and public health ethics, and the intersection between ethics and health policy Georgia Loutrianakis - PhD Student Close Georgia Loutrianakis - PhD Student Georgia Loutrianakis is a Bioethics and Health Humanities PhD student at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She holds a Master of Bioethics & Medical Humanities from Case Western Reserve University, with a concentration in Medicine, Society, and Culture. Research Interests: Reproductive Ethics and Justice, Neuroethics, End-of-Life Care, and Narrative Medicine. Deborah McNabb, MD - PhD Student Close Deborah McNabb, MD - PhD Student I am a retired Obstetrician/Gynecologist, currently pursuing a PhD in the Medical Humanities. My main areas of interest include Reproductive Health Care Bioethics and Public Policies to affect Social Determinants of Health. My goal is to teach pre-healthcare professionals or healthcare professionals at the university or medical center levels. Corisa Rakestraw, MS - PhD Candidate Close Corisa Rakestraw, MS - PhD Candidate Corisa joined the Medical Humanities PhD program in the fall of 2017. She received an A.A. degree at Cottey College, a BA in Philosophy and a BA in World Languages – German at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and an MS in Health Care Ethics from Creighton University. Corisa also completed a semester of study at the Philipps-Universität Marburg in Marburg, Germany. Her interests are clinical ethics, particularly pediatric ethics, and the promotion, or defining the limitations, of adolescent autonomy. Corisa is also concerned with exploring the use of animals in medicine, including their value in the process of healing. Her dissertation research focuses on the role of therapy dogs in the healing process for hospitalized patients and the ethical considerations of this kind of patient-centered care. Corisa aspires to impart an elevated awareness of therapy dogs and service dogs to the field of medical humanities. Vishnu Subrahmanyam - PhD Student Close Vishnu Subrahmanyam - PhD Student Vishnu Subrahmanyam is a PhD student at the Institute of Bioethics and Health Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch. Their research interests include public health ethics, queer bioethics, and critical theory. Before beginning at UTMB, Vishnu was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at PVS College of Arts and Sciences, Calicut (India), their hometown. Vishnu was also engaged in a public health program to assess the healthcare needs of the LGBTQIA+ community and women in sex work in rural and urban Karnataka. They received an MSc in Bioethics from KU Leuven and an MSc in Chemistry from Pondicherry University. Outside of academia, Vishnu enjoys cooking, exploring bookstores and being miserable at trivia nights. D. Mike Vaughan, JD, LLM, MPH, BAIS - PhD Candidate Close D. Mike Vaughan, JD, LLM, MPH, BAIS - PhD Candidate Mike joined the Institute for the Medical Humanities as a joint JD/PhD student in 2015. He graduated from Texas State University with a BAIS in International Relations. Mike received an MPH focused on Public Health Ethics from Columbia University. Mike holds both JD and LLM (Health Law) degrees from the University of Houston Law Center and is licensed to practice law in Texas.Mike’s work focuses on the gaps between the truths we would claim and those that actually appear to be available to us. He tries to think about ways that ethical health care and ethical health policy might feasibly be made real in a world that seems to be “after morality.” Mike’s other interests include: ethical substance use policy, the limits of justification, medical futility and clinician conscience, moral injury, ethical concerns around human life extension and aging understood as a disease, enhancement ethics, the ethics of rhetoric, the questions of whether empathy can be taught, judicial moralizing, and any/the relationship between ethics and law. Johnna Wellesley - PhD Student Close Johnna Wellesley - PhD Student Johnna Wellesley is a Ph.D. student with the Institute of Bioethics and Health Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Johnna holds a Master of Theological Studies from Duke University, and the Certification of Professional Achievement in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University.Research interests include: ethics of end-of-life care, truth and truth-telling, medical decision-making, moral injury, and narratives of dying. Brandy Wright, MD - PhD Student Close Brandy Wright, MD - PhD Student Brandy Watson Wright, MD is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and faculty at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She is also board-certified in Hospice & Palliative Medicine and co-directs the UTMB School of Medicine’s Mindfully Evolving, Thriving & Advocating (META) course. Brandy is pursuing her PhD in Bioethics to focus on the effects of grief, health inequity, and biophilic design on medical decision making in the Black community. Brandy is a native of Detroit, a Michigan State University alum, and a graduate of The Wayne State University School of Medicine.