dr. K.R. (Karin) Jongsma

dr. K.R. (Karin) Jongsma

Associate Professor
dr. K.R. (Karin) Jongsma
  • Julius Center, dept. Global Public Health & Bioethics



Dr. Karin Jongsma is associate professor of Bioethics at the Julius Center of the University Medical Center Utrecht. She leads a research group focussing on the ethics of (bio)medical innovation, including amongst others digital medicine, neuroscience and regenerative medicine. 

Karin is a member of the Institutional Research Board of the University Medical Center Utrecht and the Utrecht Young Academy. Previously she was amongst others a visiting fellow at the University of Oxford, the University of Montreal and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS). She is committed to public engagement and science communication and considers playfulness and reflexivity essential to good academic practice.

Side Activities

2023    Co-Initiator of the AI Helpdesk that provide peer-reviewed answers to public questions about AI  

2023    Co-initiator Art exhibition at the University Museum Utrecht: Playfulness in Science (LuisterRijk)

2023     Co-initiator of the ‘purple crocodile award’ for colleagues who structurally lower work pressure in academia (UYA)

2021     Selected member of the Utrecht Young Academy (chair of UYA Interdisciplinary Research Committee since 2023)


2021     Part of the Focus Area Open Science, UMC Utrecht

2020     Selected member of VERS, the Young Council for Health and Society

2018     Organization of bimonthly Academic Film club ‘Cine Qua Non’, UMC Utrecht, The Netherlands

Fellowship and Awards

2023  NWO Vidi Laureate for the project: Human-AI Collaboration

2023  Visiting fellow at the Uehiro Centre for practical ethics, University of Oxford.

2021  Second Prize DGPPN Best paper Award

2021  Selected Candidate - Research Talent Program, UMC Utrecht, The Netherlands

2020  Research Fellow with grant - NIAS-Lorentz Theme-group fellowship, The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2018  Research Fellowship with grant - Centre De Recherche en Ethique (CRE), McGill University & Université de Montreal, Montreal, Canada

2017  Research Fellowship with grant - Caroline Miles Scholarship, Ethox Centre, Big Data institute, University of Oxford, UK

2017  Visiting Fellow, Sociology & Anthropology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

2015  Selected Candidate - Dorothea Schlözer Mentor Program for women in academia, Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany

2015  Visiting Fellow, Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, Eberhard-Karls University Tübingen, Germany

Research Output (62)

Correction to: ‘The ethics of genome editing in non-human animals: a systematic review of reasons reported in the academic literature’ (2019) by de Graeff et al.

de Graeff Nienke, Jongsma Karin R., Johnston Josephine, Hartley Sarah, Bredenoord Annelien L. 25 Sep 2023, In: Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences. 378 , p. 1-13 13 p.

How Smart are Smart Materials? A Conceptual and Ethical Analysis of Smart Lifelike Materials for the Design of Regenerative Valve Implants

de Kanter Anne Floor J., Jongsma Karin R., Bouten Carlijn V.C., Bredenoord Annelien L. 5 Sep 2023, In: Science and Engineering Ethics. 29 , p. 1-18

Acht misvattingen over AI in de zorg

Jongsma Karin R., van Solinge Wouter W., Haitjema Saskia 13 Apr 2023, In: Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde. 167

Introducing e-health technology to routine cataract care:patient perspectives on web-based eye test for postoperative telemonitoring

Claessens Janneau L J, Maats Emma P E, Iacob Maria E, Wisse Robert P L, Jongsma Karin R 3 Apr 2023, In: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. 49 , p. 659-665 7 p.

Preventing Bias in Medical Devices:Identifying Morally Significant Differences

de Kanter Anne Floor J., van Daal Manon, de Graeff Nienke, Jongsma Karin R. 3 Apr 2023, In: American Journal of Bioethics. 23 , p. 35-37 3 p.

Responsible innovation in stem cell research:Using responsibility as a strategy

Assen L. S., Jongsma K. R., Isasi R., Utomo L., Tryfonidou M. A., Bredenoord A. L. 1 Mar 2023, In: Regenerative Medicine. 18 , p. 275-284 10 p.

Alleviating the burden of malaria with gene drive technologies?:A biocentric analysis of the moral permissibility of modifying malaria mosquitoes

de Graeff Nienke, Jongsma Karin Rolanda, Bredenoord Annelien L 28 Feb 2023, In: Journal of Medical Ethics. 49 , p. 765-771 7 p.

Modeling policy development:examining national governance of stem cell-based embryo models

Fabbri Morris, Ginoza Margaret, Assen Lars, Jongsma Karin, Isasi Rosario Feb 2023, In: Regenerative Medicine. 18 , p. 155-168 14 p.

The boundary problem:Defining and delineating the community in field trials with gene drive organisms

de Graeff Nienke, Pirson Isabelle, van der Graaf Rieke, Bredenoord Annelien L., Jongsma Karin R. 2023, In: Bioethics. 37 , p. 600-609 10 p.

The ethics and epistemology of explanatory AI in medicine and healthcare

Durán Juan M., Sand Martin, Jongsma Karin Dec 2022, In: Ethics and Information Technology. 24

All research output

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