Engineering Life Team

Calvert

Jane Calvert is Principal Investigator of the Engineering Life project. She works in the area of sociology of the life sciences, and her current research focuses on attempts to engineer living things in the emerging field of synthetic biology. She has a long-standing interest in interdisciplinary collaborations, and draws on the sociology and anthropology of science, the philosophy of biology, and science policy in her work.

Emma Frow Emma Frow is Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, and an Honorary Fellow in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies at the University of Edinburgh. With an academic background in the natural sciences, her research focuses on contemporary life sciences, with a particular interest in synthetic biology.

Pablo Schyfter

Pablo Schyfter is a Lecturer in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies. His current research engages with contemporary biotechnology, particularly synthetic biology. His work on this topic draws together the philosophies of biology and technology with sociological studies of scientific and technological practice.

Deborah Scott

Deborah Scott is a Research Fellow on the Engineering Life project. Trained in human geography and law, she is currently focusing on ideas of and perspectives on governance within synthetic biology communities and exploring the relationship of synthetic biology and outer space science and policy.

Erika Szymanski

Erika Szymanski is a Research Fellow on the Engineering Life project. With a background juxtaposing rhetoric and writing studies, science communication, and microbiology, she is particularly interested in metaphors for doing synthetic biology, rhetorics constructing synthetic biology, knowledge coproduction in multidisciplinary and multispecies groups, and how we understand human-yeast coworking relationships.

Rob Smith

Rob Smith is a Research Fellow in Science, Technology & Innovation Studies, working on the Engineering Life project and the Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology. He previously worked in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King's College London as part of the Flowers Consortium. He is particularly interested in research funding organisations, the ways that people trying to automate synthetic biology and relationship between the social and natural sciences.
Valentina Marcheselli is a reseach student in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies. She is currently working on a PhD project entitled, Are we alone in the Universe? Toward an ethnographic account of the search for Life as we don't know it and is affiliated with the Engineering Life project.

Chris Wood

Chris Mellingwood is a research student in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies. He is currently working on a PhD project entitled, Investigating the 'engineering imagination' in biology and is affiliated with the Engineering Life project.
Annie

Annie Hammang is a PhD student in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology at Arizona State University. She has a background in industrial biotechnology, and her research focuses on ethnographies of work in digital economies.  She is affiliated with the Engineering Life project.

Sophie Stone is a research student in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies. She has an academic background in biological sciences and science communication, and a previous professional career in scientific publishing and online product development. She is currently working on a PhD project to explore the nature of the relationship between synthetic biology entities and concepts of the human and is affiliated with the Engineering Life project.

Former team members

Dominic Berry

Dominic Berry was a Research Fellow on the Engineering Life project between September 2015 and December 2017. In January 2018 he started working on the Narrative Science project based at the LSE. His research integrates the history, philosophy, and sociology of bioscience from 1900 to the present, with the ambition of placing synthetic biology (and its engineering ideals) in historical context.