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Nir Eyal, DPhil

Henry Rutgers Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Center for Population–Level Bioethics (CPLB)
Department of Health Behavior, Society and Policy

Dr. Eyal received his early training in his home country Israel, and his DPhil in Politics from Oxford University. He underwent post-doctoral training at the NIH Department of Clinical Bioethics and the Princeton University Center for Human Values. Immediately before joining Rutgers, Dr. Eyal worked for thirteen years at Harvard Medical School and T. H. Chan School of Public Health, with affiliations at the Law School and Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and a 2010 visitorship at the E. J. Safra Center for Ethics.

Dr. Eyal is also a faculty member within the Rutgers Department of Philosophy.


Research Highlights:
The work of Dr. Eyal engages a broad range of bioethical issues, especially in population-level bioethics. Among other things he worked on equitable resource allocation (e.g. health care rationing in resource-poor settings, priority-setting on the path to universal health coverage, disaster triage, and allocating human resources for health); ethical issues in health promotion (e.g. paternlistic health policies, “nudging” for health, personal responsibility for health, electronic adherence monitoring); and ethical issues in research on human participants (e.g. in HIV cure trials, HIV treatment-as-prevention trials, in vaccine trials for emerging infections, and in health policy research). His philosophical research outside of bioethics addresses egalitarian theory, self-ownership, respect for persons, and consequentialism.

Select Publications
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=JtYbOnQAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao


  • Lady Davis Fellowship – Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2018)
  • Nominated for Donald O’Hara Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching – Harvard Medical School (2014)
  • Rector Award – Roskilde University (2013)
  • Academics Stand Against Poversty (ASAP) Award – Yale University (2011)
  • Mark S. Ehrenreich Prize in Healthcare Ethics Research – International Assoc of Bioethics and USC (2010) – For best paper in the International Association of Bioethics Congress, with coauthor Neema Sofaer.
  • Young Scholar Award, Ethics and Public Life Program – Cornell University (2006)