HudsonAlpha faculty investigator Thomas May, PhD, is an expert in bioethics, especially issues at the intersection of medicine, public health, and moral/social/political philosophy. He has a special interest in issues related to autonomy and healthcare. More specifically, May is focused on issues of how autonomy relates to self-identity and well-being; the role of autonomy in deciding how rights to genomic information, as well as rights to genomic ignorance, should be framed; and the assessment of risk within the context of other-regarding implications that emerge from genomic information.
Another area that May is heavily involved in is how access to the information contained in an individual’s genome could address adoptees’ lack of health history. May is a member of the Genomic Family History Project consortium that aims to create guidance concerning the use of genetic testing to fill gaps in family health history for adopted persons and to recommend best practices in these areas.
In addition to his role at HudsonAlpha, May is a professor of bioethics at the Elson S. Boyd College of Medicine at Washington State University. May and other researchers in the Bioethics Lab at WSU are actively engaged in research centered around four key areas of focus: Genetics and Precision Medicine; Pandemic Preparedness and Response; Clinical and Research Ethics; and Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice.
May’s primary areas of expertise include the following:
- Ethical, legal, and social implications of genetics
- Pandemic Preparedness and Response
- Using genomic testing to help adoptees fill gaps in family health history