EpiCenter Epigenetics, Reproduction, and Society
Patrick Allard - EpiCenter co-director
Dr Allard's research resides at the intersection of genetics, epigenetics, developmental biology and environmental health. His overarching research objective is to examine cellularly and developmentally complex biological phenomena, such a reproduction and aging, when placed under environmental stress. Dr Allard's current work investigates the mechanisms of transgenerational inheritance of health effects elicited by environmental chemical exposures. His work has been published in several high-profile journals and has been recognized by an NIH Pathway to independence Award and a Burroughs Wellcome Innovations in Regulatory Science Award.
Hannah Landecker - EpiCenter co-director
Hannah Landecker uses the tools of history and social science to study contemporary developments in the life sciences, and their historical taproots in the twentieth century. She has taught and researched in the fields of history of science, anthropology and sociology. At UCLA she is cross-appointed between the Institute for Society and Genetics, and the Sociology Department. Landecker’s work focuses on the social and historical study of biotechnology and life science, from 1900 to now. She is interested in the intersections of biology and technology, with a particular focus on cells, and the in vitro conditions of life in research settings.
Anne Le Goff - EpiCenter Post-doctoral Fellow
Dr. Anne Le Goff is a philosopher working in bioethics and the social study of science. She studies the intersection of epigenetics and reproduction in the intergenerational and transgenerational timescales. How does the science of epigenetics transform our view of heredity? How does it impact moral responsibilities and regulation? She uses ethnographical, philosophical, and historical methodologies to address these questions. Past work includes a non-reductionist philosophical investigation of human life as both biological and rational. Le Goff’s has taught in French and English in the fields of philosophy and STS. She conducted her award-winning doctoral work in France.
Severine Louvel - EpiCenter Affiliated faculty
Séverine Louvel is an associate professor in the sociology of science at Sciences Po Grenoble (PACTE). She is also affiliated with the PACTE research lab (CNRS and University of Grenoble) where she is coordinating a group on “Science & Politics in Emerging Fields” (with Céline Granjou). Her work is based on in-depth field studies in life-sciences and biomedical sciences and on international comparisons (France-United States). Using insights from science policy studies, science and technology studies and the sociology of expectations, her most recent work focuses on nanomedicine. She explores the organizational and professional dimensions of the development of interdisciplinarity nanomedicine research in French and US universities, as well as the impact of the field’s promises on the definition of scientific agendas.
Michel Dubois - EpiCenter Affiliated faculty
Michel Dubois is a CNRS senior research fellow recently appointed associate director of EPIDAPO. He received his PhD in 1997 and habilitated in 2008 at Paris Sorbonne University. He is teaching and publishing mainly on issues of sociology of science and technology, epistemology and methodology of social research, sociological history and theory. His most recent publications address issues at the crossroads between sociology and biomedical sciences. Michel Dubois is the managing editor of the European Journal of Sociology and member of the editorial board of the Revue Française de Sociologie. He has been an active member of the French National Scientific Committee (CoNRS) between 2012 and 2016.
Amisha Gadani - ISG and EpiCenter Senior Artist
Amisha Gadani is an artist, educator and illustrator with over six years experience communicating complex ideas into graphics, workshops, and educational programs that are meaningful to both scientists and the general public. While working at institutions like UCLA and the Exploratorium Museum she produced over fifty scientific illustrations for research papers, created graphic identities for science conferences and developed ocean biodiversity focused outreach programs.