Associate professor of biomedical ethics at UMC Utrecht, the Netherlands, where she teaches ethics at the Medical School. She received a VENI-grant to study the ethics of pluripotent stem cell research. She is a member of several committees, including the Young Health Council of the Netherlands, the Ethics Committee of the Dutch Association for Clinical Genetics, UMC Utrecht's Research Ethics Committee (METC), and the International Stem Cell Forum Ethics Working Party. Her research interests include biomedical ethics with an emphasis on ethical issues in regenerative medicine, stem cell research, genetics/genomics, bio-banking, and novel reproductive technology. She studied theology and political science at Leiden University and obtained her Ph.D. at Maastricht University.
<p>Searching for guiding principles has always been central in the Islamic tradition and some distinct scholarly disciplines already bear the word "principles", or other synonyms, in their names such as Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh).