John D. Loike, PhD serves as Director for Special Programs for the Center for Bioethics and is the Co-Director for Graduate Studies in the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is also an Advisory Board member of the Columbia University Center for the Study of Science and Religion, creator and faculty editor of the Columbia University Journal of Bioethics, and course instructor for Crossroads in Bioethics, a course for undergraduates offered each spring at Columbia College. Dr. Loike’s areas of interest in bioethics include stem cells, cloning, neuroethics, bioterrorism, and the interface of science and religion. He has co-organized several national and international conferences on genetics and Bioethics, and he is the founding co-director of BIOCEP (BIOethical Cross-cultural Education Program), a two-week intensive summer internship program designed to promote educational and cultural exchange in medical ethics (medical tourism, emerging infections, stem cell research, reproductive medicine, etc.) with students from Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand.
Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics
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Recent publications include:
Loike JD. Is a human clone a golem? In: David Shatz, Joel B Wolowelsky, editors. Mind, body and Judaism: The interaction of Jewish law with psychology and biology. Jersey City, NJ: Ktav Pub Inc; 2004. p. 300-310.
Steinberg A, Loike JD. Human cloning. In: M Halperin, D Fink, and S Glick editors.
Jewish Medical Ethics Vol 1. Jerusalem: The Schlesinger Institute; 2004. p. 192-209.
Loike JD. A rabbinical-scientist dialogue on the ethical challenge in stem cell research and in vitro fertilization. The Jewish Press, September 30, 2005.
Loike, J.D., et al., e-BABY: Your Source for Designer Babies. Columbia University Journal of Bioethics 6, 40-41, 2007.
Loike, J.D. and Tendler, M.D. Ethical Dilemmas in Stem Cell Research: Human-Animal Chimeras. Tradition, 40:20-50, 2007.
Loike, J.D. and Tendler, M.D. Molecular Genetics, Evolution, and Torah Principles. The Torah U'Madda Journal, 14:173-192, 2006-07.
Fischbach, R.L. and Loike, J. D. Postmortem Fatherhood: Life After Life. Lancet 37:2166-2177, 2008.
Loike, J.D., and Tendler, M.D. Reconstituting a Human Brain in Animals: a Jewish Perspective on Human Sanctity and Chimera Research. (Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, accepted upon revisions, 2008).
Loike, J.D. , Fischbach, Ruth, L. End of Life Issues from a Jewish Perspective. The Jewish Press June 25th, 2008, pg 16.
Loike JD, Tendler MD. The nexus of evolution and religious values. (Manuscript submitted)