A public health researcher and ethicist by training, Sean Philpott-Jones holds advanced degrees in microbiology, medical anthropology, and bioethics. He is Chair of the Department of Bioethics at Clarkson University’s Capital Region Campus, where he is Director of the Bioethics Program of Clarkson University-Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai . He is also Project Director of Clarkson’s two Fogarty-funded project to provide research ethics education in low- and middle-income countries: the Advanced Certificate Program in Research Ethics for Central and Eastern Europe and the Caribbean Research Ethics Education Initiative. In addition to being a regular commentator for NPR and the Huffington Post, he also holds adjunct appointments in the Department of Philosophy at Union College, the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, and the Department of Bioethics at St. George’s University.
He is former Chair of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Human Studies Review Board, an advisory panel that reviews the scientific and ethical aspects of research involving human participants submitted to the EPA for regulatory purposes, and former Chair of the American Public Health Association’s Ethics Section.
Before joining Clarkson University, he was Science and Ethics Officer for the Global Campaign for Microbicides, an advocacy project at an international non-profit organization called PATH, where his work focused on building the capacity of developing country researchers and stakeholders to design, conduct and monitor clinical trials of new user-controlled tools to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. He has also been an Associate Professor of Medicine at Albany Medical College, Deputy Director of the Alden March Bioethics Institute (AMBI), a research scientist with the New York State Department of Health, and a long-term member of the New York State Department of Health Institutional Review Board.
He currently lives in Schenectady, NY with his long-suffering husband.