Koffi N. Maglo received his BA degree from the University of Lomé in Togo. After obtaining MA and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Burgundy in France, he did postdoctoral studies at Virginia Tech in the US. He was also a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, (2003-5). In 2005, he joined the Faculty at the University of Cincinnati as an Assistant Professor. His interests include philosophy of science, history of 17th and 18th century physics, philosophy of biology, ethics and population health, race, African philosophy, democracy and global justice.
He published on the structure and developments of Newtonian mechanics and its reception across European scientific institutions. His publications also include essays in recent French philosophy of science and on the French Enlightenment. In the area of bioethics and philosophy of biology, his work focuses particularly on issues related to population stratification concepts in genomics and their moral permissibility in evidence-based medicine. At a more theoretical level, his research in the history of physics and in the philosophy of biology deals with questions about the reality, validity and utility of scientific notions.
He is currently a principal investigator on a collaborative research project on race-based therapies in clinical cardiology. The goal of the project is to investigate the ethical and social implications of using BiDil, a drug approved by the FDA in 2005 for race specific prescription. The project, "BiDil in the Physician-Patient Relationship," won in 2010 a Research Ethics grant award from the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training at the University of Cincinnati. Koffi Maglo has also previously organized in April 2007 an interdisciplinary symposium at the University of Cincinnati on "Race in the Age of Genomic Medicine: The Science and its Applications."www.uc.edu/news/NR.asp?id=5592.