Who are we?
PhilInBioMed is both an interdisciplinary institute located at the University of Bordeaux (France), and a national and international network connecting teams that work at the interface between philosophy, biology, and medicine in order to transform scientific practices and discovery.
PhilInBioMed has three main missions:
1. Promoting short-term and long-term stays of philosophers in biology and medicine labs, as well as short-term and long-term stays of biologists and MDs in philosophy lab, at a local but also an international scale.
2. Promoting collaborative publications by philosophers, biologists, and medical doctors – targeting both philosophy, science, and medicine journals.
3. Promoting the participation to common conferences, seminars and reading groups.
PhilInBioMed was created by Thomas Pradeu (CNRS & Univ. Bordeaux) in 2017. Since 2020, it is recognized as a CNRS International Research Network (IRN).
Coordinator: Thomas Pradeu
Members of PhilInBioMed share the aim to promote productive interactions between philosophy, biology, and medicine. Internationally, several teams and institutes are part of PhilInBioMed.
Ralph Adolphs is a Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Biology at the California Institute of Technology. Furthermore he is the Director of the Emotion and Social Cognition Lab, which investigates the neural underpinnings of human social behavior. He is also a member of the PhilInBioMed Scientific Committee.
J. Arvid Ågren is an evolutionary biologist, currently holding a Wenner-Gren Fellowship at Harvard University. His research focuses on genomic conflicts and the foundations of the gene’s-eye view of evolution.
John Bickle is Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Mississippi State University, and Affiliated Faculty in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. His research interests are in philosophy of neuroscience, scientific reductionism, and cellular and molecular mechanisms of consciousness and cognition.
Andreas Bikfalvi is Professor of Biology and Director of the Angiogenesis and Cancer Microenvironment Laboratory (INSERM U1029, Univ. Bordeaux, France)
Federico Boem is a philosopher of science who focuses on the life sciences and biomedicine. His current research interests include scientific reasoning and its public dimension, especially science-based policies, and the host-microbiota interaction with a focus on cognitive functions and ecological dimension.
Thomas Boraud is Research Director in Neurosciences at CNRS,and Leader of the team Physiology and pathophysiology of executive functions, Bordeaux, France.
Charlotte Brives is a CNRS researcher at the Centre Emile Durkheim (Science-Po Bordeaux). She is an anthropologist specialized in microbes.
Cédric Brun is Associate Professor of Philosophy & Head of Philosophy Department, Univ. Bordeaux-Montaigne, France.
Nancy Cartwright is a Professor of Philosophy at Durham University and a Distinguished Professor at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She has a long history in the philosophy of the natural sciences, especially physics, but she has now turned to philosophy of the social sciences with special attention to economics. Her current research focusses on objectivity and evidence.
Lynn Chiu is an Associated Researcher of ImmunoConcept, University of Bordeaux/CNRS, France.
Patricia Churchland, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego and Adjunct Professor at the Salk Institute, has contributed to the fields of philosophy of neuroscience, philosophy of the mind and neuroethics, with a particular focus on the interface between neuroscience and philosophy.
Richard Creath is a Philosopher of Science and President’s Professor at the School of Life Science at the Arizona State University and a member of the PhilInBioMed Scientific Committee.
Marc Daëron is an INSERM Senior Investigator at Institut Pasteur, CIML and IHPST. He is a specialist of immunology and allergies.
Julie Déchanet-Merville is Research Director in Immunology at CNRS, Head of ImmunoConcept, Bordeaux, France.
Michael Dietrich is a Professor and Department Chair at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science of the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America. He works on History and Philosophy of Biology with an emphasis on scientific controversies in twentieth century genetics and evolutionary biology as well as the histories of developmental biology and molecular evolution.
Ford Doolittle is a Professor Emeritus at the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology of the Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. He thinks about “function” in genomics, microbial communities, natural selection and definitions of “life”. He is a member of the PhilInBioMed Scientific Committee.
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Pierre Dos Santos is a Professor of Animal Physiology at the University of Bordeaux, and a specialist of cardiology.
Stephen M. Downes is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Utah. His research interests are in Philosophy of Biology with a particular focus on Evolutionary Approaches to understanding human behavior and Human Evolution more generally.
John Dupré is Professor of Philosophy of science at the University of Exeter (UK), with a main focus on philosophy of biology. He is the Director of Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences.
Melinda Fagan is Sterling McMurrin Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Utah (USA). Her research is in philosophy of science, focusing on experimental practice in biology (particularly stem cell and developmental biology), explanation, and conceptions of objectivity and evidence.
Stuart Firestein is the Chair of Columbia University’s Department of Biological Sciences where his colleagues and he study the vertebrate olfactory system. He is a member of the PhilInBioMed Scientific Committee.
Paul Griffiths is Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Sydney, and Associate Academic Director (Arts and Social Sciences) at the Charles Perkins Centre. He is a specialist of Philosophy of Biology and Philosophy of Psychology.
Fridolin Gross is a postdoctoral researcher who works on computational models of the cell cycle at IFOM, Milan, and teaches philosophy at the University of Kassel.
Stephan Guttinger is a research associate at the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS) at the London School of Economics. His research focuses on the methodology and ontology of the contemporary life sciences.
Matt Haber is Associate Professor in Philosophy, University of Utah (USA). His area of specialty is Philosophy of Biology and Philosophy of Science, particularly the philosophical and conceptual issues in systematics.
Laurence Huc is an INRA researcher in toxicology. She works on the impact of food contaminants on health and chronic diseases, as the head of the team COMICS in ToxAlim, Toulouse.
Philippe Huneman is Research Director in Philosophy of Science at CNRS, working at IHPST (CNRS, ENS & Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University).
Eva Jablonka is Professor at Tel-Aviv University. Her research interests include Heredity, Epigenetics. Evolutionary Biology, Behavioural Ecology, Developmental Biology, Language and Cultural evolution, History of Genetics and the Philosophy of Science.
Jan Pieter Konsman is a researcher in neuroscience (neuroimmunology) at CNRS, INCIA lab, Bordeaux, France. He also works in philosophy of science.
Tim Lewens is Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. He works on the philosophy of biology, biomedical ethics, and general philosophy of science. He is the author of several books, the most recent being Why We Disagree about Human Nature (OUP 2018) (edited with Beth Hannon) .
Pekka Louhiala is Professor of Philosophy of Medicine and Medical Ethics at the University of Tampere, Finland. He is on leave from a lectureship medical ethics at the University of Helsinki, Finland.
Alan Love is John M. Dolan Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota (USA) and Director of the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science. His research focuses on conceptual issues in biology and has concentrated on evolutionary developmental biology (Evo-devo), developmental biology, molecular biology, and paleontology.
Kate MacCord is Program Administrator and McDonnell Foundation Fellow at the MBL. She works with Jane Maeischein at the interface between biology, history of science, and philosophy of science.
Jane Maienschein is Professor in History and Philosophy of Biology at Arizona State University. She also directs the History and Philosophy of Science Project at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
Deborah Mayo is a professor in the Department of Philosophy at Virginia Tech. Her research topics include underdetermination, the role of novel evidence, and the nature of scientific progress. She is a member of the PhilInBioMed Scientific Committee.
Rodrigo Medel is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chile, and member of the team Scientia at the Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities. His research interests include general philosophy of science with emphasis in evolutionary biology, natural selection, and the nature of scientific discovery.
Ruslan Medzhitov is a Professor of Immunobiology at Yale School of Medicine. His research focuses on the analysis of the innate immune system, inflammatory response, innate control of the adaptive immunity, and host-pathogen interactions.
Pierre-Olivier Méthot is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Université Laval (Québec). He specializes in the history and philosophy of the biological and medical sciences, with a particular focus on microbiology, ecology, and evolution (and their interaction).
Rick Michod is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona. His lab uses mathematical modeling, genomics, phenomics, molecular biology, ecology, and philosophy to study the evolution of multicellularity and evolutionary transitions in individuality.
Michel Morange is a professor of biology at the Ecole normale supérieure in Paris, a historian of molecular biology, and president (2015–2017) of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB).
Nicolae Morar is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies & Philosophy at University of Oregon. He is interested in Bioethics (Biomedical, Genethics, Environmental, & Research Ethics), Philosophy of Biology, and Recent Continental Philosophy.
Alvaro Moreno Bergareche is Full Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) (Spain). Founder of the Philosophy of Biology Group at the UPV/EHU, he is a specialist of Philosophy of Biology, Artificial Life, Complex Systems and Cognitive Science.
Gerd B. Müller is Professor and Head of the Department of Theoretical Biology at the University of Vienna (Austria). He is the President of the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI).
Diane Pataki is Professor of Biological Sciences and Associate Vice President for Research at the University of Utah. She studies human-environment interactions related to urban biodiversity, resource use, and landscape design. She is a member of the PhilInBioMed Scientific Committee.
Thomas Polger is Professor of Philosophy, and Head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Cincinnati. He studies the relationships between explanations, models, and entities of different sciences — especially those of the cognitive and brain sciences.
Angela Potochnik is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Public Engagement with Science at the University of Cincinnati. Her research intests include the relationships between science and the public, and methods in population biology.
Suresh Rattan is at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, Denmark. His interests and expertise include the biological basis and modulation of ageing.
Joan Roughgarden is Professor of Biology Emerita at Stanford University and Affiliated Faculty at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, U. of Hawaii (USA). She is an expert in ecology and evolutionary biology.
Isabella Sarto-Jackson is the Executive Manager of the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI) in Klosterneuburg, Austria.
Kenneth F. Schaffner is Distinguished University Professor at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science of the University of Pittsburgh, USA. He is a specialist of philosophy of biology and philosophy of medicine and is member of the PhilInBIoMed Scientific Committee
Jonathan Sholl is a post-doctoral researcher at the ImmunoConcept Lab at Bordeaux University. His research focuses on various issues within the philosophy of medicine and biology, such as physiological concepts of health, concepts in systems biology, and most recently, the intersection of microbiology and cancer. He is also interested in the nutrition sciences, aging, and historical epistemology.
Robert Skipper is a faculty member of the Philosophy Department of the University of Cincinnati. His research focus has been mainly on the origin and development of evolutionary genetics. Other interests include environmental ethics, bioethics, and epistemology.
Brian Skyrms is a Distinguished Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science and Economics at the University of California, Irvine and a Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University. He is now working on evolution of conventions and the social contract. His other research interests include inductive logic, decision theory, rational deliberation,and Truth.
Elliott Sober is Hans Reichenbach Professor and William F. Vilas Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy at University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA. He is one of the founders of the field of philosophy of biology, and a specialist of evolution. He is a member of the PhilInBioMed Scientific Committee.
Miriam Solomon is Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair in the Department of Philosophy at Temple University. Her research interests are in philosophy of science, philosophy of medicine, history of science, epistemology, gender and science and biomedical ethics. She is a member of the PhilInBioMed Scientific Committee
Jim Tabery is an Associate professor in the Department of Philosophy, with additional appointments in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Internal Medicine, at the University of Utah.
Paul Thagard is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo. His writing in the philosophy of medicine includes the book How Scientists Explain Disease, articles on mental illness, and work in progress on balance disorders.
Christophe Tzourio is Professor of Epidemiology, and Director of the Bordeaux Population Health Centre (Unit U1219 Inserm-University of Bordeaux)
Walter Veit is a PhD student at the School of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney. He is writing a thesis on the connection between ‘pathological complexity’ and the evolution of minds.
Jerry Wakefield is a Professor at the New York University. He is interested in the conceptual foundations of clinical theory, the philosophy of psychopathology, psychiatric epidemiology of depression, and integrative clinical theory.
Jonathan Weitzman is a Professor of Genetics at the Université Paris-Diderot, founding director of the Center for Epigenetics and Cell, leader of the team Plasticity of Cellular Phenotypes in Paris, France.
Joeri Witteveen is an Assistant Professor in history and philosophy of science at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. He specializes in history and philosophy of biology. In his research he combines philosophical analysis with historical case studies while paying close attention to scientific practice.