Roberto Dell’Oro, a professor of theological studies at Loyola Marymount University, was Tuesday named the university’s endowed chair in bioethics.

Dell’Oro most recently has served as graduate director of LMU’s bioethics master’s program and since 2013 has been the director of the Bioethics Institute, a role he will continue.

The Austin and Ann O’Malley Chair “was established to provide intellectual leadership, develop academic programming and foster interdisciplinary collaboration related to interdisciplinary perspectives in bioethics, including distinctive perspectives in the Catholic intellectual rradition,” according to a university statement.

“Roberto is the best person to animate LMU’s distinctive Ignatian heritage and educational mission, and support our commitments to student-centered holistic formation, diversity and inclusion, and justice-oriented community engagement,” said Robbin Crabtree, dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts at LMU.

Dell’Oro, who joined LMU in 2003, is an affiliate scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, and since 2015 has been a member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life, where he chairs the working group on global bioethics.

Dell’Oro is also the author or co-author of four books and translator of two more. He has published more than 50 scholarly articles and book chapters in five languages and has given more than 100 academic presentations in the U.S. and abroad.

Founded in 1911, LMU is a Catholic, Jesuit and Marymount university with more than 6,500 undergraduate students and 3,000-plus graduate and law students. LMU offers 60 undergraduate majors and 56 minor programs, along with 49 master’s degree programs, three doctorate programs and 14 credential/authorization programs.

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