About the director
Dr David Kirchhoffer was born and raised in South Africa. He studied biology, psychology and theology in South Africa before going to Leuven in Belgium to read for a doctorate in theological ethics. Upon completion of his doctorate, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law at KULeuven. He then took on a continuing position in theological ethics at ACU. His research focuses primarily on the relevance of human dignity in contemporary ethics, and its application to bioethical issues. More recently this has developed in the direction of the limitations of respect for autonomy in human research ethics.
In 2015, he was as senior visiting fellow at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics at the National University of Singapore, and is a senior research associate of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Johannesburg.