Center for Genetics and Society
Jillian Theil graduated June 2010 from UCLA with a BA in Political Science, with a concentration in International Relations and a minor in Society and Genetics. As part of her work as an undergraduate student researcher for the UCLA Center for Society and Genetics, she helped to develop a curriculum and team-teach genetic concepts and the social implications of biotechnology to high school students in Watts, California. She was also the co-president and co-founder of the Society and Genetics Undergraduate Organization, which explores the implications of biotechnologies for society through discussions, philanthropic activities, and workshops. In 2009, she spent a semester abroad in Bilbao, Spain studying Spanish and international relations. She also worked as a research assistant on the 2010 annual symposium at UCLA, Outlaw Biology?: Public Participation in the Age of Big Bio. More recently, she has worked with a number of groups focusing on women’s issues and reproductive technologies.