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 conferences, 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)
Thomas Boraud is Research Director in Neurosciences at CNRS,and Leader of the team Physiology and pathophysiology of executive functions, Bordeaux, France.
Cédric Brun is Associate Professor of Philosophy & Head of Philosophy Department, Univ. Bordeaux-Montaigne, France.
Hasok Chang is Hans Rausing Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge (UK).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Jérôme Santoloni is a researcher at CEA, Institut de Biologie Intégrative de la Cellule, Saclay, France.
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 Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas, Aarhus University, Denmark. His research deals with the philosophy of medicine.
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.
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
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.
Eric Vivier is Professor of Immunology, and Director of the Centre d'Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy (CIML), Marseille, France.
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.