Robert Streiffer’s research focuses on ethical and policy issues arising from modern biotechnology, both biomedical and agricultural. He has broad interests in applied ethics, ethical theory, metaethics, and political philosophy. His recent work focuses on the ethics of animal use, and he is working on a collaborative project on food justice issues. He has served on the UW Health Sciences Institutional Review Board, the UW Hospital Ethics Committee, UW’s Biotechnology Advisory Committee, the Animal Care and Use Committee for UW’s College of Letters and Sciences, and UW’s Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee.
He is an associate professor with tenure at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has a joint appointment in the Department of Medical History and Bioethics and the Philosophy Department and affiliate appointments in the Department of Medical Sciences in the School of Veterinary Medicine, in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and in the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. He received his Ph.D. in ethics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999.