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Jacqueline Mae Wallis

MA Philosophy of Biological & Cognitive Sciences
University of Bristol 2019
BS Cell & Molecular Biology, BA Philosophy
Seattle University 2015

Pronouns: she/her/hers
My research primarily engages with philosophy of the life sciences, and I have further interests in social justice and ethics. Previously, I worked as a biology research technician at the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA, USA, where I also did advocacy work for underrepresented and self-identified minority scientists at the center.
In philosophy of biology, my present interests are mate choice and sexual selection (the topic of my MA dissertation under Samir Okasha), microbiome science and holobionts, and general puzzles in philosophy of science as manifested in biology (e.g. idealization in biology).
In ethics and justice, I'm concerned broadly and trying to learn always. My first philosophy publication applies social philosopher Elizabeth Barnes's model of disability to a case in reproductive ethics.
In life I enjoy reading, riding my bicycle, and looking at nature things.

Research Interests

Philosophy of science
Philosophy of biology

  • e.g. mate choice and sexual selection
  • e.g. microbiome science, symbiosis, holobionts

(Previously) Human microbiome research at Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center

Selected Publications

Ronai, I., Greslehner, G.P., Boem, F., Carlisle, J., Stencel, A., Suárez, J., Bayir, S., Bretting, W., Formosinho, J., Guerrero, A.C., Morgan, W.H., Prigot-Maurice, C., Rodeck, S., Vasse, M., Wallis, J.M. & Zacks, O. “Microbiota, symbiosis and individuality summer school” meeting report. Microbiome 8, 117 (2020).
Jarrett, Olamide D., Sujatha Srinivasan, Barbra A. Richardson, Tina Fiedler, Jacqueline M. Wallis, John Kinuthia, Walter Jaoko, Kishor Mandaliya, David N. Fredricks, and R. Scott McClelland. (2019). “Specific vaginal bacteria are associated with increased risk of Trichomonas vaginalis acquisition in women.” The Journal of Infectious Diseases, 220(9), 1503-1510.
Wallis, Jacqueline M. Is it ever morally permissible to select for deafness in one’s child?. Med Health Care and Philos 23, 3–15 (2020).
Whitney, B. M., Guthrie, B. L., Srinivasan, S., Tapia, K., Muriuki, E. M., Chohan, B. H., Wallis, J. M., Liu, C., McClelland, R. S., Fredricks, D. N., & Roxby, A. C. (2020). Changes in key vaginal bacteria among postpartum African women initiating intramuscular depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate. PloS One, 15(3), e0229586.