History of Molecular Biology and Genomics Lecture Series

Event Details

The NHGRI History of Molecular Biology and Genomics Lecture Series emerged out of the Capturing the History of Genomics workshop with the explicit purpose of bringing in talented and well-known historians, sociologists and philosophers. The goal of the lecture series is to increase the understanding of genomics in the scholarly community and to present contemporary research of immediate interest to NHGRI staff.



  • Monday, April 29, 2019
  • Darwinism, Democracy, and Race
    David J. Depew, Ph.D.
    Professor of Communications Studies
    University of Iowa

    John Jackson, Ph.D.
    Professor, James Madison College
    Michigan State University
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • Model Organisms in the 20th Century: Historical, Philosophic and Scientific Questions
    William deJong-Lambert, Ph.D.
    Professor of History
    Bronx Community College, CUNY

    Thomas Stoeger, Ph.D.
    Data Science Scholar
    Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems
    Center for Genetic Medicine
  • Thursday, August 16, 2018
  • Gene Drive, Gene Edits, and CRISPR: Are There Conceptual Implications Beyond the Technohype?
    Sahotra Sarkar, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Philosophy
    The University of Texas at Austin
  • Friday, July 27, 2018
  • Cancer Genomes and Shifting Standards of Completeness
    Anya Plutynski, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Philosophy
    Director of Graduate Studies in Philosophy
    Washington University in St. Louis
  • September 6. 2017
  • Natural selection and the genome: Episodes in the history of population genetics
    Jean-Baptiste Grodwohl, Ph.D.
    Research Associate, Department of History and Philosophy of Science
    University of Cambridge
  • August 3, 2017
  • When Did the Genome Disappear?
    Ehud Lamm, Ph.D.
    Senior Lecturer, The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas
    Tel Aviv University
  • December 19, 2016
  • The Multifaceted Legacy of the Human Genome Program for Evolutionary Biology
    Philippe Huneman, Ph.D.
    Director of Research
    Institut d'Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences
  • September 8, 2016
  • Physics, Genetics, and Investigative Reasoning in Developmental Biology
    Alan Love, Ph.D.
    University of Minnesota
    Department of Philosophy
  • April 14, 2016
  • Intellectual Disability in the Genomic Era: DIagnosis, Prevention, and Identity
    Andrew Hogan Ph.D.
    Creighton University
    Department of Philosophy