My research situates at the intersection of history, philosophy, and sociology of science. I have been using this approach to produce arguments to dissect the inception of biomolecular, genetic, and epigenetic models and their application for the development of biomedical technologies amidst policies of national and communitarian agencies, and the cultural patterns underpinning the scientific production within the healthcare systems.
After having obtained my doctorate in Rome (La Sapienza) with fieldwork undertaken at the Imperial College London (Department of Epidemiology and Public Health), I have been collaborating with the Italian National Institute of Health (ISS) and was a visiting scholar at the Ruhr-University Bochum (Institute of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine). I was Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Freie University Berlin, with fieldwork undertaken at the Charité University hospital.
My project at the MPIWG is an inquiry into the historical, philosophical, and political factors underpinning different scientific models that have been developed to consider organisms’ biological changes in relation to different kinds of environmental stresses (e.g. changes in temperature, photoperiod or diet, exposition to X-rays, the belonging to a specific social groups or social class, and migration). Particular attention will be given to the different (temporal and spatial) scales and values within the models and explanations used by scientists so as to facilitate a transdisciplinary debate that is able to consider the scientific uncertainties related to key notions such as toxicity and risk. The historical phenomena considered will be framed in long durée approach in order to develop the elements for a grand narrative that can highlight the role of biology within the contemporary debate around the Anthropocene.
D'Abramo, F. (2018). An appraisal of the biological sublime between eugenics, epigenetics and the political economy of life sciences. Azimuth, 12(2).Read More
Yarborough, M., Bredenoord, A., D'Abramo, F., Joyce, N. C., Kimmelman, J., Ogbogu, U., Sena, E., Strech, D., & Dirnagl, U. (2018). The bench is closer to the bedside than we think: uncovering the ethical ties between preclinical researchers in…Read More
D'Abramo, F. (2018). L'epigenetica. Roma: Ediesse.Read More
D'Abramo, F. (2018). Health, wealth and behavioural change: an exploration of role responsibilities in the wake of epigenetics. Journal of Community Genetics, 9(2), 153-167. doi:10.1007/s12687-017-0315-7.Read More
Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities
Epigenetics: Innovation of Memory? Life Science Paradigms as Challenge and Opportunity for Historians
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
The Politics of Plasticity: On Solidarity and Mutual Aid
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Institute of Philosophy, Prague
CRI Research Seminar
Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (CRI), Paris
University of Campinas, Institute of Geosciences, Group for S&TS, Campinas
Science and Democracy Network, 16th Annual Meeting
Harvard Law School, Cambridge (MA)