Engineering Life Team

CalvertJane Calvert is Reader in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies and 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 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.




 

Dominic Berry

Dominic Berry is a Research Fellow on the Engineering Life project. 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.


 



 

Rob Smith

Rob Smith is Research Associate in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King's College London. He is collaborating with the Engineering Life project through his research within the Flowers Consortium where he explores the social and ethical dimensions of the biosciences, primarily in the context of research funding organisations, the realisation and significance of automation in synthetic biology, and the practical and methodological consequences of collaboration for scholars in Science and Technology Studies.



 

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.


 


 

AnnieAnnie 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.