Laura Seger

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University Hall 5013
(205) 934-4805

Research and Teaching Interests: Bioethics, Philosophy of Science, Scientists in Film, Narratives in Medicine & Psychology


  • B.S., Washington University in St. Louis, Biomedical Engineering
  • M.S., Washington University in St. Louis, Mechanical Engineering
  • M.A., Indiana University, Bloomington, History & Philosophy of Science & Medicine

I am a Ph.D. candidate in History & Philosophy of Science & Medicine at Indiana University, Bloomington, and I'm finishing my writing at a distance since moving to Birmingham in 2016. My dissertation is on negative results in science-basically, all the stuff that isn't published. I analyze what exactly goes unpublished and the various reasons why, as well as the consequences this suppression of results has on science and medicine.

I come to philosophy by way of engineering, which isn't the typical path, but it makes sense to me. Working in a neural stem cell (mouse) lab as a biomedical engineering student sparked my curiosity about the ethical issues surrounding the use of human stem cells in research, so I enrolled in a bioethics course, which led to more philosophy courses, which led to volunteering to run community education events on organ donation, which led to serving on an ethical review board for human studies research, which led to ... You get the idea. My life hasn't been the same since.

I've had the pleasure to teach a variety of philosophy courses in four different states over the past 10 years, and I'm thrilled my move to Birmingham has allowed me to return to the very course that is so near and dear to my heart. I look forward to discussing bioethical issues with UAB students in the semesters to come.

  • PHL 116: Bioethics (Spring 2017)
  • Genin, G.M., S.P. Rosenberg, L.M. Seger, E.L. Tran, D.J. Rivet, and E.C. Leuthardt. 2014. "The Freedom to Heal: Nonrigid Immobilization by a Halo Orthosis." Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. 21(5):811-6.
  • Muskavitch Award for Graduate Work in Practical Ethics (2015), Association of Practical and Professional Ethics
  • Sawyier Predoctoral Teaching Fellowship in Philosophy (2013-2015), Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Sousa Award for Excellence in Graduate Scholarship (2012), Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Graduate Women in Science Fellowship (2007-2012), Indiana University, Bloomington