Department of Bioethics
School of Medicine
Undergraduate Bioethics Program
Department of Bioethics
School of Medicine
Faculty Member
Center for Bioethics
Harvard Medical School

Insoo Hyun is Professor of Bioethics and Philosophy at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Faculty Member of the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School. As a Fulbright Scholar and Hastings Center Fellow, Dr. Hyun's interests include ethical and policy issues in stem cell research and new biotechnologies.

Currently, Dr. Hyun is the Principal Investigator of a BRAIN Initiative-funded project exploring the ethical issues surrounding human brain organoid research, in collaboration with leading scientists at Harvard and Stanford. He is the Co-Principal Investigator, along with colleagues at the Hastings Center, of an NIH grant identifying ways to improve the oversight of stem cell-based human-animal chimera research. And he is the Principal Investigator of a Greenwall Foundation project seeking to formulate a new bioengineering ethics framework for research involving the use of multi-cellular engineered living systems derived from human cells. This Greenwall project is in collaboration with scientists at Harvard, MIT, and the University of Michigan.

Dr. Hyun has been involved for many years with the ISSCR (International Society for Stem Cell Research), for which he has helped draft all of the ISSCR’s international research guidelines and has served as their Chair of the Ethics and Public Policy Committee. He now serves as a member of the Neuroethics Subgroup of the BRAIN 2.0 Working Group of Advisory Committee to the Director, NIH.

Dr. Hyun received his BA and MA in Philosophy with Honors from Stanford University and his PhD in Philosophy from Brown University. He has been interviewed frequently on National Public Radio and has served on national commissions for the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C. Dr. Hyun is a regular contributor to Nature, Science, Cell Stem Cell, The Hastings Center Report, among many other journals. His book Bioethics and the Future of Stem Cell Research was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. He was recently named one of Cleveland’s Most Interesting People of 2019.


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Insoo Hyun, “Engineering Ethics and Self-Organizing Models of Human Development: Opportunities and Challenges,” Cell Stem Cell 21, 2017: 718-720.

Insoo Hyun and Catherine Osborn, “Query the Merits of Embryo Editing for Reproductive Research Now,” Nature Biotechnology 35, 2017: 1023-1025.

Megan Munsie, Insoo Hyun, Jeremy Sugarman, “Ethical Issues in Human Organoid and Gastruloid Research,” Development 144, 2017: 942-945.

Jonathan Kimmelman, Insoo Hyun, Nissim Benvenisty, et al., “Global Standards for Stem-Cell Research,” Nature 533, 2016: 311-313.

Insoo Hyun, Amy Wilkerson, Josephine Johnston, “Revisit the 14-Day Rule,” Nature 533, 2016: 169-171.

Insoo Hyun, “Regulate Embryos Made For Research,” Nature 509, 2014: 27-28.

Insoo Hyun, “The Bioethics of Stem Cell Research and Therapy,” Journal of Clinical Investigation 120, 2010: 71-75.

Olle Lindvall and Insoo Hyun, “Medical Innovation Versus Stem Cell Tourism,” Science 324, 2009: 1664-1665.

Insoo Hyun, Konrad Hochedlinger, Rudolf Jaenisch, Shinya Yamanaka, “New Advances in iPS Cell Research Do Not Obviate the Need for Human Embryonic Stem Cells,” Cell Stem Cell 1, 2007: 367-368.

Insoo Hyun, et al.,“Ethical Standards for Human-to-Animal Chimera Experiments for Stem Cell Research,” Cell Stem Cell 1, 2007: 159-163.

Insoo Hyun, “Fair Payment or Undue Inducement?” Nature 442, 2006: 629-630.