University of Pittsburgh
Graduate Student

Lauren N. Ross


My research concerns explanation and causation, particularly in the domains of biology, neuroscience and medicine. In my dissertation I examine common types of causal complexity in the biological sciences, the challenges they pose for explanation, and how scientists overcome these challenges. My other work addresses issues in the history and philosophy of biology and medicine, and recent topics in neuroethics that relate to brain death and disorders of consciousness. Before coming to Pittsburgh I received my B.S. from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and my M.D. from the University of California, Irvine. My papers have been published in Philosophy of Science, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, and The Journal of Organic Chemistry. More information about my research and teaching can be found on my website.