Flavio D’Abramo was a visiting postdoctoral fellow in Department I from 2019 to 2020 and a postdoctoral fellow in the Lisa Meitner Research Group “China in the Global System of Science” in 2021. He studied history and philosophy of science at the Alexandre Koyré Centre, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Imperial College London, and Sapienza University of Rome, where in 2012 he received a PhD in Philosophy and History of Biology. His research combines the history, philosophy, and sociology of biology and medicine to analyze the technological translation of biomedical models under both the guiding policies of national and international agencies as well as the cultural, economic, ethical, and geopolitical patterns shaping scientific production within public health systems. His project in the Lise Meitner Research Group focuses on twentieth-century health diplomacy and related expert knowledge conceived as political devices used to coordinate heterogeneous political regimes.

He has published on the history and philosophy of biomedicine and biology as well as on empirical medical ethics to inquire how medical research and experimental practices intertwine with public, private, and national interests.


Turbulent Transmissions: The Public Roles of Chinese Scientists in the Covid-19 Crisis


Twentieth-Century Health Diplomacy and Antimicrobial Resistance


Selected Publications

D’Abramo, Flavio (2021). “The Past and Present of Pandemic Management: Health Diplomacy, International Epidemiological Surveillance, and Covid-19.” History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 43 (2, Article 64). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40656-021-00416-4.

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D’Abramo, Flavio and Sybille Neumeyer (2020). “A Historical and Political Epistemology of Microbes.” Centaurus 62 (2): 321–330. https://doi.org/10.1111/1600-0498.12300.

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D’Abramo, Flavio (2020). “Oysters, Selective Pressures, and Antibiotic Resistance in the Mississippi Delta.” Anthropocene Curriculum 23.03.2020: 1–8. https://www.anthropocene-curriculum.org/contribution/oysters-selective-pressures-and-antibiotic-resistance-in-the-mississippi-delta.

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D’Abramo, Flavio and Hannah Landecker (2019). “Anthropocene in the Cell.” Technosphere Magazine 20.3.2019: 1–7. https://technosphere-magazine.hkw.de/p/Anthropocene-in-the-Cell-fQjoLLgrE7jbXzLYr1TLNn.

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D’Abramo, Flavio (2018). “Health, wealth and behavioural change : an exploration of role responsibilities in the wake of epigenetics.” Journal of Community Genetics 9 (2): 153–167. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12687-017-0315-7.

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D’Abramo, Flavio, Giuli Gandolfi, Gerardo Ienna, Pietro Daniel Omodeo, and Charles Wolfe (2021). “Political Epistemology of Pandemic Management.” Mefisto. Rivista di medicina, filosofia, storia 5 (1): 121–145.

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Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Biological Timescales in the Anthropocene

Technische Universität Berlin, Department for the History of Technology

The Cultural and Political Origins of Biology (BA course)

Bard College Berlin, A Liberal Arts University

Public Health and the Anthropocene

Tel Aviv University, Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas

Anthropocene and the Systemic Dimension of Biological Functions: The case of Epigenetics, Horizontal Gene Transfer and Antibiotic Resistance

43rd conference of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), New Orleans

The Political Load of the Mismatch Model

42nd conference of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), Sydney

Political Epistemology of Pandemic Management

Research for Global Challenges with Italian Institute of Technology, Ca Foscari University of Venice

Contextualising Epigenetics. Sociohistorical Remarks
Epigenetics: Innovation of Memory? Life Science Paradigms as Challenge and Opportunity for Historians 

Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin

The Neoliberal Turn of Epigenetics
The Politics of Plasticity: On Solidarity and Mutual Aid

Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Institute of Philosophy, Prague


Can the Biomedical Enterprise be a Public and Democratic Endeavour? The Case of Biobank Research
Science and Democracy Network, 16th Annual Meeting

Harvard Law School, Cambridge (MA)