Genetics and biotechnology research ethics
Biosecurity and bioterrorism
Synthetic biology healthcare in developing countries
Health Surveillance Ethics
Philosophy of security translational bioethics
Practical and philosophical bioethics
Michael is a bioethicist and moral philosopher. His research primarily focuses on public health ethics (especially regarding infectious disease) and ethical issues associated with biotechnology. He's director of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Bioethics at Monash, and was previously director of the Monash Bioethics Centre. He's also an adjunct professor in the School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine at Monash, and a member of the General Ethical Issues Sub-Committee of the Alfred Hospital Ethics Committee. Michael previously served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Bioethics and the Ethics Review Board of Médecins Sans Frontières; and he was previously Chair of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Bioethics. He edits a book series in Public Health Ethics Analysis for Springer and is Co-Editor of Monash Bioethics Review.
Michael Selgelid's Articles
The human challenge of vaccines
The delivery of a COVID-19 vaccine still needs to overcome some ethical hurdles.
Ebola bites back
Urgent action is needed to combat the second-biggest outbreak of the deadly virus that's claimed more than 1500 lives.
The ethics of experimental vaccines
Deliberately infecting people with a disease-causing agent as part of medical research can be ethically acceptable, and even necessary.
For the greater good?
Sometimes, improving public health can mean infringing on people’s rights and compromising their interests.