CBS Student Board Members


Undergraduate Student Member-at-Large: Ozan Gurcan

Honours B.Sc in Biomedical Sciences/minor in applied ethics
University of Ottawa 

Ozan Gurcan has always had great interest in ethics and believes that the writing of better laws and practices are contingent on critical and objective thinking. His primary interests are the patient-doctor relationship, equipoise, and end of life treatments. He enjoys writing about bioethics and has published articles in the University of Ottawa student science journal. Ozan is involved in research, plays soccer, and enjoys writing poetry. He also volunteers in his community as a hospital patient ambassador and by helping out at a long-term care home for Alzheimer’s patients. Ozan's primary goal is to help build an even stronger student base for the CBS.

Graduate Student Member-at-Large: Ruby Rajendra Shanker

Graduate Student, MHSc (Bioethics) Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto


Ruby is an internationally trained physician with a focus in General Medicine and Neurology. She is currently pursuing a Master of Health Sciences degree in Bioethics at the Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto. Previously, she was a Research Assistant (Memory and Ageing Lab) at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest, and has volunteered at several healthcare institutions within the GTA.

As a graduate student of bioethics, she has been involved in ethics-related activities under the supervision of the bioethics department at the University Health Network, particularly at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. Ruby aims to pursue further training and eventually a career in Clinical Ethics. Her interest and passion lie with rehabilitation ethics, but also include clinical ethics in the acute care setting, ethics education, cultural competency in healthcare, inter-professional ethics education, research ethics and patient education/empowerment via social media.

Originally from India, Ruby was raised in the Sultanate of Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Her life experiences amidst multicultural communities globally have lent her enriched perspectives towards appreciating and celebrating diversity. As a healthcare professional, she believes that bioethics is a medium to not only clarify value-laden questions that arise in healthcare, but also for humanistic solidarity. She hopes to bring more attention to and strengthen the voices of bioethics students from our Aboriginal, LGBTQ and migrant communities. She aims to motivate the student community with opportunities to collaborate and share our collective knowledge for excellence in the field of bioethics.