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Hanna Lucia Worliczek

Postdoctoral Fellow (Oct 2022-Sep 2025)

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Hanna Lucia Worliczek is a historian of the life sciences and a microbiologist. She studied microbiology at the University of Vienna, obtaining her doctorate in 2010 with a dissertation on the immune response to a protozoan infection in pigs. After a four-year postdoc in veterinary parasitology, Hanna pursued her doctoral studies in history of science at the University of Vienna and completed it in 2020 with a thesis on the history of immunofluorescence microscopy as an epistemic tool of cell biologists. Hanna currently holds a postdoctoral research scholarship of the Gerda Henkel Foundation and investigates the history of descriptive research in cell biology as an associate fellow of the Department of History (University of Vienna) and as a guest researcher at the MPIWG. In October 2022 she will start as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Practices of Validation in the Biomedical Sciences Research Group at the MPIWG with a project on the history of validation in laboratory diagnostics of human parasitic diseases.

In 2019 Hanna received the interdisciplinary Bader Award for the History of the Natural Sciences of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and in 2021 she was awarded the Grete Mostny Dissertation Prize of the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies, University of Vienna. Drawing from her previous expertise as a microbiologist, Hanna links historiography with current debates in the life sciences and biomedicine, focusing on visual cultures, molecularization, epistemic practices, and associated values in the twentieth century. Currently she is revising her dissertation as a monograph with the tentative title Molecularizing Microscopic Imaging.

 

Projects

Validating Laboratory Diagnostics in Medical Parasitology: Morphological and Molecularized Approaches between Clinical, Epistemic, and Political Interests

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Selected Publications

Worliczek, Hanna Lucia (2022). “Review of: Lyons, Sherrie L.: From Cells to Organisms: Re-envisioning Cell Theory. Toronto: University of Toronto Press 2020.” History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 44 (Article 8). 44 (Article 8). https://doi…

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Gubbels, Marc-Jan, Caroline D. Keroack, Sriveny Dangoudoubiyam, Hanna Lucia Worliczek, Aditya S. Paul, Ciara Bauwens, Brendan Elsworth, Klemens Engelberg, Daniel K. Howe, Isabelle Coppens, and Manoj T. Duraisingh (2020). “Fussing About Fission:…

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Worliczek, Hanna Lucia (2020). “Wege zu einer molekularisierten Bildgebung. Eine Geschichte der Immunfluoreszenzmikroskopie als visuelles Erkenntnisinstrument der modernen Zellbiologie (1959–1980).” PhD Thesis, Vienna: University of Vienna.

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Liu, Daniel, Hanna Lucia Worliczek, and Michelle L. LaBonte (2018). “Hands-on HPS at the Marine Biological Laboratory.” Newsletter of the History of Science Society 47 (2): 14–16. https://hssonline.org/resource/resmgr/newsletter_archive/hss-nl-2018…

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Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Historisch-epistemologisch geprägte Ansätze der neueren und neuesten Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften.

History of science seminar for Master's students in history, philosophy of science, and contemporary history and media in the Department of History, University of Vienna

Does epistemic object choice shape valuation of knowledge in cell biology?

Online seminar series at the Biological Engineering Collaboratory (BEC)

Historical Epistemology of Twentieth Century Life Sciences

Meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

“Merely Descriptive” and Therefore Dismissed? Descriptive Epistemic Practices of Modern Cell Biology in the Context of Evolving Mechanistic-Explanatory Demands and Innovative Imaging Technologies after 1950

Biennial Conference of the European Society for the History of Science (ESHS)