ABOUT | Moira A. Kyweluk
Moira Kyweluk, PhD, MPH (she/her/hers) is a Fellow in the Penn Postdoctoral Training Program in the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genetics and Genomics, supported by the National Human Genome Research Institute through the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She holds a joint PhD/MPH from the Northwestern University PhD/Master of Public Health Program in Medical Anthropology.
Her research specializations include the anthropology of reproduction in the United States, fertility/infertility and assisted reproductive technologies, trans* & queer reproduction and reproductive health, and biomedical testing and screening. Her current work concerns the role of direct-to-consumer medicine in family planning in the wake of advances in assisted reproductive technologies including elective egg “freezing” and expanded options for preconception genetic testing. Past work includes investigating the experiences of transgender/gender expansive adolescents and their families considering fertility preservation (i.e egg and sperm “freezing”) prior to initiating potentially fertility-compromising hormone treatments during medical gender transition.
At Northwestern, Moira was the Assistant Chair for Hobart Women’s Residential College at Northwestern University for four years, advising student leaders in a unique living and learning community dedicated to increasing faculty-student engagement in the residential experience. Prior to beginning graduate school, Moira worked as a clinical research coordinator for the University of Pennsylvania Fertility Care Center overseeing clinical research and trials on all aspects of reproductive medicine including in vitro fertilization and other technologies. She received her BA in Anthropology (Honors) from Brown University in 2010.