RESEARCH PROJECTS

1

PHILOSOPHY OF EVOLUTIONARY DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY

I am interested in how evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo) contributes to the proposal of an Extended Evolutionary Synthesis. Specifically, the papers in this project address core notions that inform theoretical biology and provides conceptual clarity by placing them in philosophical focus.

 

Under this research project, the following topics are investigated:

→ Downward causation in biological systems and in specific empirical examples from evo-devo.

→ Reciprocal causation and the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis.

→ The origin of evolutionary novelties and the nature of the concept of 'novelty'.

2

DATA ETHICS AND GENETIC SCIENCE

I am developing this project in the context of my work in the research group "Data Ethics: Responsible Measurement for the Digital Future". My aim is to analyze the impacts of the commoditization of genetic products (such as ancestry tests and genetic health reports) for consumers. I draw from the literature on epistemic injustices to argue that asymmetrical trust relationships between providers and consumers of genetic tests can be epistemically harmful to consumers.

I am also expanding this project to provide an understanding of what kind of ethical framework is desirable to inform better practices in the field of "genetic science", broadly construed.