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Dr Noemie Merleau-Ponty

Dr Noemie Merleau-Ponty

Research Associate

Bioscientific practices in research facilities and hospitals related to human reproduction and health


Biography:

Noémie's research is concerned with bioscientific practices in research facilities and hospitals related to human reproduction and health. In India and France, she looks at the intertwining of local contexts and global dynamics. Trained as a social anthropologist, Noémie is also inspired by feminist science and technology studies. Although she primarily works ethnographically, Noémie continues to develop interdisciplinary collaborations between the social and life sciences.

Noémie's Ph.D. dissertation, entitled “In Vitro Human Cultures”, is a study of laboratory activities in assisted conception and research contexts. In India and in France, she worked with biologists and studied their practices of culturing cells. The resulting multi-sited and comparative ethnography examines the interfaces of in vitro fertilization and stem cell science. She is also finishing her first book called "Alive. Culturing embryonic cells in India and France". After completing her doctoral research in Paris, at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, Noémie was a postdoctoral fellow at the Anthropology department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.). Funded by Fondation Fyssen, she investigated ongoing scientific research on a human embryonic cell line.

As a Research Associate in ReproSoc, Noémie is building, collaboratively, a project called Life in Translation, which explores from social scientific and ethnographic perspectives a contemporary emphasis in the biosciences on biomedical translation, and examines the varied interdisciplinary techniques and practices with which biology is brought into conversation with, directed at and converted into applications. In that project, she studies in vitro gametogenesis, a technology in the making that aims at differentiating stem cells into gametes. With the help of the embassy of France in London, she also initiated a collaboration between ReproSoc and the European biology network SenHeart, which studies cell senescence and cardiac pathologies using developmental models.

Dr Noémie Merleau-Ponty on the Sociology Research website

Departments

Sociology:
Bioscientific practices in research facilities and hospitals related to human reproduction and health