Who are we?
PhilInBioMed is both an interdisciplinary institute located at the University of Bordeaux (France), and a national and international network connecting groups and institutes 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 seminars and reading groups.
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.
Andreas Bikfalvi is Professor of Biology and Director of the Angiogenesis and Cancer Microenvironment Laboratory (INSERM U1029, Univ. Bordeaux, France)
Alexander Bird is Peter Sowerby Professor of Philosophy and Medicine at King's College (London, UK). His research deals with philosophy of science, metaphysics and epistemology, with a particular interest in the philosophy of medicine.
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.
Lynn Chiu is an Associated Researcher of ImmunoConcept, University of Bordeaux/CNRS, France.
Julie Déchanet-Merville is Research Director in Immunology at CNRS, Head of ImmunoConcept, Bordeaux, France.
Ford Doolittle is a Professor Emeritus at the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology of the Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. His research examines prevailing concepts in genomics, molecular biology and microbial ecology, with regards to the understanding of evolution by natural selection. He is a member of the PhilInBioMed Scientific Committee.
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.
Jonathan Fuller is Chair of the Toronto Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare Network and a medical student at the University of Toronto.
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.
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).
Lara Keuck is a Branco Weiss Fellow and leads a junior research group at the Department of History at Humboldt University Berlin (Germany). Her research deals with philosophy of medicine and history of science, with a particular interest in biomedical epistemology.
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 a Lecturer in Medical Ethics at the Department of Public Health, University of Helsinki and Adjunct Professor at the University of Tampere. He is President of the Finnish Society for Philosophy of Medicine.
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.
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).
Mathieu Paoletti is a CNRS researcher at IGBC, member of the team Non-Self Recognition in Fungi, Bordeaux, France.
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.
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
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.
Adrian Stencel is a research assistant and PhD student at Jagiellonian University, Poland and currently visiting student at University in Bordeaux, France.
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.
Christophe Tzourio is Professor of Epidemiology, and Director of the Bordeaux Population Health Centre (Unit U1219 Inserm-University of Bordeaux)
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.