Dr. Robert conducts research and teaching at the intersection of ethics and philosophy of science. His current research, funded by the James S. McDonnell Foundation and the National Science Foundation, focuses on how scientists justify research with non-human animals in neuroscience and psychiatry, where the goal is to learn something about human brains. His research is mainly conceptual and qualitative (based on semi-structured interviews with scientists as well as participant-observation in research labs). He directs the Bioethics, Policy, and Law Program in the School of Life Sciences, advises a range of Honors and graduate students working on projects related to science and society, and is one of the co-editors for Philosophy of Biology of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. In Spring 2011, Dr. Robert will offer a graduate seminar on Bioethics and the Brain.