Sean Philpott-Jones, PhD, MSB

Director and Associate Professor of
Bioethics, The Bioethics Program and

Director of Research Ethics for
The Bioethics Program

A public health researcher and ethicist by training, Dr. Sean Philpott holds advanced degrees in microbiology, medical anthropology, and bioethics. He is currently Director of the Bioethics Program at Clarkson University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, where he develops and teaches courses in research ethics and also coordinates Clarkson's Fogarty-funded Advanced Certificate Program in Research Ethics for Central and Eastern Europe and Caribbean Research Ethics Education Initiative. In addition, he is currently Chair of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Human Studies Review Board, an advisory panel that reviews the scientific and ethical aspects of research involving human participants submitted to the EPA for regulatory purposes.
Before joining Clarkson University he was Science and Ethics Officer for the Global Campaign for Microbicides (GCM), an advocacy project at an international non-profit organization called PATH, where his work focused on building the capacity of developing country researchers and stakeholders to design, conduct and monitor clinical trials of new user-controlled tools to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. He also was previously Associate Professor of Medicine at Albany Medical College and Adjunct Professor at the University at Albany School of Public Health, Deputy Director of the Alden March Bioethics Institute (AMBI), Executive Editor of the American Journal of Bioethics and a long-term member of the New York State Department of Health Institutional Review Board.

Curriculum Vitae >

Recent Publications

Schüklenk U, Philpott S. International research ethics. In LaFollette H, Deigh J, Stroud S, LaFollette E (eds). 2013. International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-BlackwelPapers:

Flanigan B, Philpott S, Strosberg M. Protection of human participants enrolled in critical care research trials. Journal of Intensive Care Medicine 2011; in press.

Purdy S, Aagaard AW, Philpott S. The review, approval, and marketing of biosimilars in the United States. Part 2: Ethical issues. BioProcess International 2011; 9(1): 14-19.

Philpott S. (Un)Risky business: Adolescents and HIV prevention trials. American Journal of Bioethics 2011; in press.

Philpott S, McGrory E, Hankins C, Paxton L, Heise L, the Participants in the 2009 GCM/CDC/UNAIDS Consultation on Standards of Prevention in HIV Prevention Trials. Establishing clear standards of prevention in HIV prevention trials. Journal of Medical Ethics 2011; 27(4): 244-8.

Schüklenk U, Philpott S. AIDS: The time for changes in law and policy is now. International Journal of Law in Context 2011; in press.

Philpott S, Baker R. Why Avandia proves bio pharma needs stronger ethical standards. Bioethics 2010; 24(8): ii-iii.

Philpott S, Schüklenk U. Medical research that never should have taken place. Bioethics Forum 2010; May 5. Available online at

Philpott S, West Slevin K, Shapiro K, Heise L. Impact of donor-imposed requirements and restrictions on standards of prevention and access to care in HIV prevention trials. Public Health Ethics 2010;3(3):220-8.

Aagaard AW, Prudy S, Philpott S. The review, approval, and marketing of biosimilars in the United States. Part 1: Safety and regulatory issues. BioProcess International 2010; 8(11): 12-20.

Recent Activities

 “Research ethics in the post-Soviet Era”. SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn, NY. January 2011.

“Gonorrhea, Guatemala and gung-ho researchers: How scandal affects bioethics policy and practice”. Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY. December 2010.

“Ethical frameworks and HIV prevention trials”. HIV Vaccine Trials Network Conference, Seattle, WA. November 2010.

“Mandatory vaccination of healthcare workers: Ethical considerations and professional responsibilities”. 136th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Denver, CO. November 2010.

“Public health research and practice in the 20th century: Lessons from the age of HIV/AIDS”. American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities 12th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. October 2010.

“Recruitment in economically underdeveloped countries”. Issues in Medical Ethics 2010, New York, NY. October 2010.

“Ethical frameworks and standards of prevention in HIV prevention trials”. HIV Vaccine Conference, Atlanta, GA. October 2010.

“LGBT issues and bioethics”. 22nd Annual Bioethics Summer Retreat, Key West, FL. June 2010.

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