Executive Committee

Michael KalichmanDavid HigginsNancy L. Vaughan

Michael Kalichman, Ph.D. | Director

Dr. Kalichman is a co-founder and director of the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology.

Dr. Kalichman is the founding director of the UC San Diego Research Ethics Program. Since 1988, he has taught multiple seminars and courses to help UCSD Training Grant Program Directors comply with NIH requirements for training in the responsible conduct of research. Kalichman has been a consultant or speaker on the topic of research ethics for both national and international workshops and advisory groups, including panels and conferences for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Academy of Sciences, National Institutes of Health, and the Office of Research Integrity. With Francis Macrina of Virginia Commonwealth University, he has taught numerous courses for instructors of research ethics courses. He is project director for a Web-based resource for instructors of courses in the responsible conduct of research (http://research-ethics.net) and directs NIH-funded projects to assess the effectiveness of teaching research ethics and the standards of conduct in research. Kalichman is also the founding leader for the Responsible Conduct of Research Education Committee of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. He is the founding director of the San Diego Research Ethics Consortium (http://sdrec.ucsd.edu).

Michael Kalichman, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Ethics in Science and Technology
c/o Research Ethics Program, 0612
UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0612

Phone: (858) 822-2027
FAX: (858) 822-5765
E-mail: kalichman@ucsd.edu


David Higgins, Ph.D. | Logistics and Education

Higgins has a professional background in biotechnology research, project management, and business development. He has held positions at Invitrogen, Chiron, Idun Pharmaceuticals and most recently he was Executive VP for Business Development and Head of US Operations for BioMedica, Inc., a UK-based gene therapy company. Higgins has served as Adjunct Associate Professor of Biology at SDSU and as an Instructor in the biotech technician training program at SD City College. Higgins has volunteered for various community-oriented organizations including Positive Prevention, Rolling Readers, SD Museum of Natural History, the North Park Community Association, and Water Station. He served as foreman of the 2006/2007 San Diego County Grand Jury. Currently he is a Scientific Advisor for iDiverse, a SD biotech company, serves on the steering committee of the MLK All People’s Breakfast, and is the President of the Board of Directors of the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties. Higgins earned his Ph.D. in molecular biology and genetics from the University of Rochester followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute.


Nancy L. Vaughan, Esq. | Partner, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith

Ms. Vaughan is an attorney, specializing in all aspects of healthcare law including:

  • Medical malpractice cases
  • Medical product/ device cases
  • Elder law
  • Employment law
  • California Medical Board cases

She teaches Bioethics at California Western School of Law, where she is an adjunct faculty member. In addition to her work as a Master of the Bench with the American Inns of Court over the last twenty years, she has lectured and published numerous articles in the area of civil litigation. She is a member of American Board of Trial Advocates and has participated as a lecturer in their Masters at Trial program. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the San Diego Humane Society and is licensed to fly helicopters and single engine aircraft.