Dr. Marilyn Coors, a professor of bioethics and genetics at the University of Colorado, will deliver a talk entitled “A Catholic Approach to Topics in Bioethics Across the Life Span” to the students and faculty of Christendom College on April 7. Part of the college’s Major Speaker’s Program, the talk is open to the public and will be held in the St. Lawrence Commons at 6 p.m.
At the University of Colorado, Coors teaches, publishes, and conducts research on the ethics of human genomics. Among recent publications is a book she edited entitled, An Interdisciplinary Approach to Catholic Bioethics (Ignatius Press and National Catholic Bioethics Center).
Research interests pursued by Coors include informed consent for genetic testing and the use of genetic information in common complex genetic disorders with a focus on behavioral genetics and addiction. She is the Director of Research Ethics for the Colorado Clinical and Translational Science Institute and conducts research ethics consultations.
She is a member of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, St. John Vianney Seminary, and ENDOW Boards of trustees. She is an active community volunteer and the mother of six adult children.
She received her undergraduate education from Cornell University where she majored in biological sciences. She then attended the University of Denver, earning a M.S. in cytogenetics, a M.A. in ethics and religion, and a Ph.D. in bioethics.
Christendom College’s Major Speakers Program is an important aspect of the academic life at the College, offering the students and community an opportunity for cultural, intellectual, and spiritual enrichment beyond the classroom. The program offers students the opportunity to gain greater insights and depth of understanding of important issues, and to interact personally with a wide range of men and women who are shapers and critics of our society.