Professor Richard Ashcroft
Elected Member of Council
Richard Ashcroft joined Queen Mary in May 2006 as Professor of Biomedical Ethics in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. In September 2007 he moved to become Professor of Bioethics in the School of Law. He trained in Mathematics and History & Philosophy of Science at Cambridge, where he completed a doctoral dissertation on ethics in scientific research in the Department of History & Philosophy of Science in 1995. He worked subsequently in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Liverpool and in the medical schools of Bristol University and Imperial College London. He teaches medical ethics and medical law, and his research interests are mainly in the ethical aspects of biomedical research and in public health. He has served as a member of the Gene Therapy Advisory Committee of the Department of Health, the Ethics of Research and Public Involvement Committee of the Medical Research Council and various other public and charitable bodies. He is currently a member of the Tobacco Advisory Group of the Royal College of Physicians and of the working party on Genome Editing at the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. He is currently Director of Research in the School of Law. His hobbies include reading and road running.