Soraya de Chadarevian is Professor in the Department of History and the Institute for Society and Genetics at the University of California Los Angeles. She has a degree in Biology and a PhD in Philosophy as well as postdoctoral training in the History of Science. Before joining the faculty at UCLA, she was a senior research associate and affiliated lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge (1991–2006).
Her main area of interest are the life sciences in the twentieth century. She has published extensively on the history of the molecular biology. Currently she is completing a book manuscript on chromosomes (as viewed through the microscope), visual evidence and the study of human heredity in the second half of the twentieth century. The book project is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation and will be published with Chicago University Press. She is also co-editing a collection of short essays on Histories of Data and the Database that will appear as a special issue in Historical Studies of Natural Sciences in December 2018.
During her stay at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science she will be collaborating with Lisa Onaga in Department III on the project Proteins and Fibers: Scaffolding History with Molecular Signatures.