Doctoral theses and PhD dissertation projects at the Institute

Medical doctoral theses are supervised at the Institute of History and Ethics in Medicine. Medical students interested in pursuing a PhD in the field of medical ethics should send their application documents (CV, letter of motivation, if available: Publication list and outline of a project idea) please to: medizinethik.med@tum.de. Individual PhD dissertation projects are also supervised.

Dissertations in progress

Supervised by Prof. Dr. Alena Buyx
  • Adaktylos-Surber, Katharina: "Examination of a concept for the allocation of scarce intensive care resources (prioritization) in the context of a pandemic at a university hospital" (Mentor: Dr. Kathrin Knochel)
  • Bechtel, Julie: "Technology-assisted physiotherapy for stroke patients: ethical and social consequences" (Mentor: Dr. Bettina Zimmermann)
  • Fritzsche, Marie-Christine: "Ethical Challenges of Data-Driven Innovations with Biomarkers in Medical Research and Healthcare - Philosophical and Empirical Analyses" (Dr.phil.) (Mentor: Dr. phil. Dr. med Georg Starke)
  • Fuchsbrunner, Gloria: "The professional responsibility of physicians in the context of participatory decision-making when life-sustaining measures are dispensed with or terminated in the neonatal intensive care unit" (Mentor: Dr. Kathrin Knochel)
  • Matthes, Nina: "Using social media to recruit vulnerable populations: ethical benefits, challenges and recommendations"
  • Michalsen, Anna: "The proactive ethics offer Ethikvisite: Experiences of experts and development of a structured offer" (Mentor: Dr. Kathrin Knochel)
  • Schimmerl, Li: "Ethical Aspects of CFS/ME."
  • Schmolke, Eva-Maria: "Ethical analysis of guidelines for the distribution of scarce intensive care resources during a pandemic and their implementation from the perspective of potential users in Germany" (Mentors: Dr. Kathrin Knochel, Dr. phil. Lukas J. Meier)
  • Schönweitz, Franziska: "Ethical guidance in the development and application of invasive as well as non-invasive neurotechnologies".
  • Willem, Theresa: "Ethical issues of AI-supported diagnostics. A technology-specific, actor-related, and societally-grounded embedded ethics and social science study" (Mentor: Dr. Amelia Fiske)


Supervised by Prof. Dr. Marcello Ienca
  • Haag, Lea: "Ethical Considerations and Patient Perspectives in Closed-Loop Brain Stimulation"
  • Sobieska, Alexander
  • Schopp, Laura: "Assessment of Explainable AI in closed-loop neurotechnology
    for psychiatric and neurological conditions"


Supervised by PD Dr. Stuart McLennan
  • Gercekcioglu, Ayca: "How can the risk of healthcare AI applications harming people of color be ethically addressed in Germany?" (Mentors: Amelia Fiske, Janina Steinert)
  • Gerlach, Lara: "Ethical implications of embodied AI in medicine" (Mentors: Marieke Bak, Amelia Fiske)
  • Wagner, Konstantin: "The ethical appropriateness of the current use and regulation of homeopathy in Germany" (Mentors: Dr. phil. Lukas J. Meier, David Shaw)


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