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Hannah Landecker is a historian and sociologist of the life sciences. She holds a joint appointment in the Life and Social Sciences at UCLA, where she is the Director of the Institute for Society and Genetics, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology. She holds a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and after completing a postdoctoral stint at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, began her career at Rice University in the Department of Anthropology, moving to UCLA in 2008. She has also held visiting appointments at Harvard University in the History of Science, and at the University of Texas Medical Branch in the Department of Medical Humanities. Her first book, Culturing Life: How Cells Became Technologies (Harvard UP, 2007) is a history of tissue culture and cell biology in the twentieth century. It was awarded the Suzanne J. Levinson Prize for best book in the history of the life sciences in 2008. She has published extensively on microcinematography and live cell imaging in scientific research and public communication of science. Her current project is focused on the transformation of metabolic sciences wrought by the rise of epigenetics, metabolic endocrinology, and microbiome science. American Metabolism: Food, the Body, & Time is a historical and ethnographic examination of metabolic sciences from the nineteenth century to today. The book traces the fate of metabolism as an idea, and as a target of engineering and improvement, setting new developments in metabolic biomedicine in the context of the long arc from food as fuel in an age of industrial production, to food as information in an era of metabolic disorder. A second current research area for Landecker concerns the history and emergence of antibiotic resistance, asking how the social history of antibiotic production and use has shaped the genetics and evolution of microbial resistance, and tracing the conceptual impact of resistance on contemporary microbiology and medicine.
Hannah Landecker PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Director, Institute for Society and Genetics, UCLA
Meet and Greet
Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Venue: Memorial Union, Yuma Rm 225
The Meet and Greet will be a chance to sit down with Hannah in an informal setting to speak with her one-on-one.
Light snacks will be served.
Hannah Landecker will also be speaking as ASU. Please see details here.