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9th EMBL/EMBO Joint Conference 2008

Joan Fujimura, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA


Joan Fujimura


Joan Fujimura is Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was Founding Director of the Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies. Before going to Madison, she was the Henry R. Luce Professor for Biotechnology and Society at Stanford University and Assistant Professor in Sociology at Harvard University. She has been a member in the School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and an Abe Fellow at the University of Tokyo, Japan. Joan Fujimura has written on developments in genetics, molecular biology, biotechnology, biomedicine, and HIV-AIDS research.

Recent publications include "Postgenomic Futures," New Genetics and Society (August 2005), and "Sex Genes," Signs (Autumn 2006), "The Science and Business of Genetic Ancestry Testing," Science, vol. 318 (19 Oct 2007), and an edited special issue on race, genetics, and medicine for Social Studies of Science (October 2008). She is also author of Crafting Science: A Socio-History of the Quest for the Genetics of Cancer (Harvard University Press, 1996) and co-editor of The Right Tools for the Job: At Work in Twentieth-Century Life Sciences (Princeton University Press, 1992).

Joan Fujimura is currently finishing a book on bioinformatics, genomics, and systems biology in transnational bioscience (Japan and the United States). Her current projects include: research on interdisciplinarity and epistemology in the development of systems biology and other postgenomic biosciences; research on the conceptualisation of "population" in the collection and analysis of the data in human genetics studies around disease and evolution especially as they impact human categories of race; and a study of the development of fields analyses in science studies and in sociology.