Dr. Choon Key Chekar joined the Centre for Bionetworking as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in September 2012.
In the project, Chekar has been developing two research strands based on her fieldwork in South Korea. The first one is understanding partnership between patient groups and other key stakeholders such as the pharmaceutical industry and medical research groups.The other strand is investigating the relation between religions and the field of stem cell science. She is particularly interested in the role of the South Korean Catholic Church in supporting of adult stem cell research as well as the evangelical churches’ involvement in endorsing stem cell therapies and products.
Before joining the Center for Bionetworking, Chekar was based in the ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen) at Cardiff University where she conducted two ERC research projects: Globalising European Bioethics Education; and the ELSI work-package for BBMRI (Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure) project. Before that, Chekar received her PhD from the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies at Cardiff University in 2008. Chekar’s PhD thesis, titled ‘Gendering Discourses of Time in South Korean Self-help Books: The Normalisation of a Masculine Long Hours Work Culture, is a critique of South Korean time culture where ‘happy workaholics’ are celebrated without criticism.