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Wellcome Trust Scholarship

Published: 24th April 2012
Wellcome Trust Scholarship

Tatyana Novossiolova has been awarded three-year PhD studentship under the Wellcome Trust's scheme International Ethics and Society Research.

Tatyana is a first-year doctoral research student at the Division of Peace Studies, University of Bradford. Her research project entitled Dual-Use Science and Technology: Governance of Biotechnology in Post-Communist Russia aims to uncover and analyse the factors impacting on Russian life scientists as they begin to engage with issues of dual use in their work. It aims to generate new insights into how national science governance and professional oversight mechanisms may be influenced by the engagement of life scientists using a dual use bioethics approach, and it aims to develop a participatory role for scientists that will inform dual use policy and preventive activities in order to benefit Russian society and enhance and strengthen scientific capacity. In order to engage the structural, professional and behavioural aspects of life scientists’ work in Russia and to begin to understand their meanings, the enquiry will use qualitative research methods (interviews and interactive seminars). A conceptual analysis of data gained from this approach will provide an understanding of key perspectives, strengths, weaknesses and needs in the area of dual use bioethics in the life sciences in Russia’s emerging biotechnology sector.     

Tatyana holds a First Class BA Honours degree in International Relations and Security Studies earned at the Division of Peace Studies, University of Bradford. She has also been awarded the Edward Lynn Memorial Prize for the best final year student as recommended to the School of Social and International Studies and the J.M. Bellamy Prize for the best overall dissertation mark.

Tatyana’s doctoral research builds upon her experience as a part-time Research Associate at the Bradford Disarmament Research Centre where she has been doing desk research under the thematic heading of dual-use bioethics for more than a year now. Tatyana has been involved in curricula development for several programmes, both at undergraduate and post-graduate level. She has also co-authored a number of papers presented at international conferences.

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