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Mina is a Research Fellow based at Cardiff since February 2007 where she is working on nutrigenomics project. She joined Cesagen in Lancaster from May 2003 to January 2007, as a research associate on the flagship project on genetic databases. Mina graduated with her PhD in 2003 from the Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan where she was a Monbu-Kagaku-Sho scholar supported by Ministry of Education (MEXT) of Japan. www.tsukuba.ac.jp. She also worked as a researcher at the headquarters of United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome www.fao.org, while working as a researcher in Bioethics at Eubios Ethics Institute in Japan from October 1998-March 2000. Her research in FAO focused on ethical issues in the global governance of biotechnology, and comparison between developing and developed countries. As a researcher in bioethics, she also conducted a comparative study on bioethics education between India and Japan, comparing coverage of bioethical topics in the textbooks used in high schools. She was editorial assistant for Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics (EJAIB) for 5 years, between 1998-2003. She has published several papers in peer reviewed journals and book chapters.Mina has served as secretary for the First International CESAGen conference at the Royal Society, 2-3 March 2004 and organised a workshop on Benefit Sharing and Charitable Trust as Models of Regulations in Intellectual Property Rights for the project Property Regulation in European Science, Ethics and Law (PropEur). She also organised a multidisciplinary workshop on “Statistical Power of Biobanks” in January 2006.She is an editorial board member of EJAIB and a member of Asian Bioethics Association (ABA) http://www.eubios.info/ABA.htm, and International Association of Bioethics (IAB) www.bioethics-international.org. She is the co-ordinator for IAB (International Association of Bioethics) Genetics and Ethics Network. Mina also serves as secretary for the Human Genome Ethics Committee.Collaborative International Projects :
- Principle Investigator. Contextualizing public engagement in population genetics research in Japan and the UK: exploring the meanings, understandings and participation. Funded by Daiwa Foundation, December 2005-November 2006.
- Principle Investigator. Project entitled, “Global governance of population based genomic databases, international policy comparisons between Asia and rest of the world,” funded by British Academy, October 2004 – April 2006. The project involved literature review and expert interviews in Japan, China, India and some other Asian countries on developing biobanks and genetic databases in those countries.
- Partner in International Bioethics Education Project coordinated by Eubios Ethics Institute, Japan, funded by Sasakawa Foundation, April 2003- 2006. The project focused on developing international bioethics education book, focusing on ethics of new and emerging technologies. The book was later translated into few languages to be used in schools in non- English speaking countries. www.unescobkk.org/fileadmin/user_upload/shs/BEfiles/SSRBE.pdf
- Partner in EU-LEMLIFE Project, on developing MA course for ASEAN University Network Program (AUNP) on bioethics, in charge of developing modules on international governance of biotechnology and ethical issues in genetic engineering. Coordinated by Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, funded by European Commission. January 2004 – December 2005. http://www.asean-eu-lemlife.org/LEMLIFE.html
- Genomics, new technologies, ethics and governance
- Comparative studies between developing and developed countries;
- International governance of biomedicine, and biotechnology; role of international agencies.