Douglas Pet
Senior Program Associate
Center for Genetics and Society
United States
1-510-625-0819 x316

Douglas Pet graduated in December of 2009 from a double-bachelor’s degree program at Tufts University and the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) in Boston. He received a B.A. with majors in Anthropology and Community Health (focusing on biomedical and evolutionary issues) from Tufts and a B.M. in Jazz Performance from NEC. Having worked many years in group-homes for the Department of Children and Family Services, Doug has a background in social and legal issues affecting marginalized youth. Studying global public health and evolutionary medicine in college, Doug developed a passionate interest in the cultural and bioethical implications of evolving medical technologies—both in the nature of their usage and how they are distributed. Doug spent his 2008 spring semester studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since then, he has volunteered as a medical Spanish interpreter and worked as a Hispanic family outreach coordinator for a specialty pediatric clinic in Boston. As a public health intern at Boston Medical Center he researched the effects of welfare policy on low-income populations and worked on a national infant health study. He also initiated and ran a fundraising campaign and benefit concert to support undernourished children in the Boston area. Most recently, he has worked as a research assistant to a medical anthropologist in Boston investigating the evolution of psychiatry and psychopharmacology in Indian culture. Outside of his academic work, Doug loves music, hiking, cooking, woodworking, and watching films. He is an active jazz saxophonist and composer who has led and performed with groups in New York City, Boston, San Francisco, and internationally in Argentina and Austria. This April, Doug was honored by Tufts University with the Prize Scholarship for the Class of 1882 for outstanding intellectual and creative leadership.

Sessions I'm Associated With


Monday 23 July 2012: 1:10pm - 2:30pm
Tuesday 24 July 2012: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Tuesday 24 July 2012: 7:30pm - 9:15pm


Monday 25 July 2011: 4:00pm - 5:20pm


Wednesday 28 July 2010: 4:30pm - 3:00pm