Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2020
    Professor in Philosophy at University of Exeter, UK

  • 2014 – 2020
    Associate Professor in Philosophy at University of Exeter, UK

  • 2009 – 2012
    Acting Director/Co-Director ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society, University of Exeter, UK

  • 2007 – 2014
    Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at University of Exeter, UK

  • 1992
    M.phil. in Philosophy (major), Sociology and Psychoanalysis (minor), Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany

  • 1984
    A levels ("Abitur"), Wirtschaftswissenschaftliches Gymnasium Bayreuth, Germany

Selected publications

  • Books:

    - with Manzeschke, A., Pichl, A. (eds.) 2019, The Matrix of Stem Cell Science Revisited. Routledge.

    - with Lorenzo Beltrame (eds.) ‘Biobanks. The entanglement of forms of participation, identities and biovalues in emerging biobanking configurations’, Special Issue Tecnoscienza, 2018.

    - with Tutton, R and Sturdy, S (eds.): British Journal of Sociology, 'Genetics and the Sociology of Identity', 2013

    - with Bender, W and Manzei, A. (eds.) 'Crossing Borders'. Agenda Verlag, 2006

    - edited: 'Humane Stammzellen – therapeutische Optionen, ökonomische Perspektiven, mediale Vermittlung'. Pabst Science Publishers.

    - with Liebert, W. and Ludwig, H., (eds.), 2002.

    'Wissenschaft verantworten. Soziale und ethische Orientierung in der technischen Zivilisation', Münster: Agenda, 2001

    - Monograph: 'Das paradoxe Subjekt. Unterwerfung und Widerstand bei Judith Butler und Michel Foucault'. Tübingen: edition diskord, 2000

  • Articles:

    - Care Ethics and Care Contexts: Contributions from Feminist Philosophy, East Asian Science Technology and Society, 2020, 14(1):153-161.

    - with Beltrame, L., ‘Assets, commodities and biosocialities. Multiple biovalues in hybrid biobanking practices Biobanks’, Special Issue Tecnoscienza. The Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies 2018, online from mid Jan 2019.

    - ‘Between the local and the global: Evaluating European Regulations of Stem Cell Regenerative Medicine’ Lysaght, T. and Sugarman, J. (eds) Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, John Hopkins, in Press, Vol. 61, Oct. 2018, pp. 42-58; online May 2018 at: DOI:

    - ‘Can Harmonized Regulation Overcome Intra-European Differences? Insights from a European Phase III Stem Cell Trial’. In Regenerative Medicine, Vol 12(6), online first on 4. Oct. 2017, DOI: 10.2217/rme-2017-0064.

    - with Harrington, J. & Baur, N. ‘Standards, Harmonization and Cultural Differences’ in Science as Culture, online first on 14. July 2017, DOI: 10.1080/09505431.2017.1347613.

    - Anthony Mathur, Fernandez-Aviles, F., Dimmeler, S., Hauskeller, C., et al., ‘Consensus of the task force of the European Society of Cardiology concerning the clinical investigation of the use of autologous adult stem cells for repair of the heart – update 2016’, European Heart Journal, Feb. 2017, DOI: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehw640.

    - with Beltrame, L., ‘Hybrid Practices in Cord Blood Banking. Rethinking the Commodification of Human Tissues in the Bioeconomy’, New Genetics and Society, 2016, Vol 35(3), pp. 228ß245. DOI: 10.1080/14636778.2016.1197108.

    - with Beltrame, L., ‘Umbilical cord blood banking: A hybrid bioeconomy’, BioSocieties 2016, Vol. 11(4), pp. 415–434. DOI: 10.1057/biosoc.2015.45.

    - with Jean Harrington, 'Translational Research: An Imperative Shaping the Spaces in Biomedicine?', TECNOSCIENZA, 5 (1) pp. 191-201.

    - with Tutton,R and Sturdy S, 'Suspect Technologies: Forensic Testing of Asylum Seekers at the UK Border'. Ethnic and Racial Studies 2014, Vo. 37(5): 738-52.

    - with Weber, S, 'Framing Pluripotency. IPS cells and the Shaping of Stem Cell Science', New Genetics and Society, 2011 Vol. 30 (4):415-431.

    - with Wilson-Kovacs, D and Weber, S, 'Stem Cells Clinical Trials for Cardiac Repair', Sociology of Health and Illness, 2010 Vol. 32 (1), pp. 89-105.

Selected projects

  • 2018- ongoing – work on Humanitarian ethics and medical care, now especially pandemic ethics and Covid-19.

  • 2015-2017 Host of Marie Curie Project with Dr Lorenzo Beltrame on Regulating Umbilical Cord Blood Biobanking in Europe, REGUCB

  • 2011-2017: Principle Investigator Workpackage 7 in BAMI: 'The effect of intracoronary reinfusion of bone marrow-derived mono-nuclear cells on all-cause mortality in acute myocardial infarction', EU FP7 HEALTH.2011.1.4-1: Regenerative medicine clinical trial

  • 2008 – 2009: 'Reproducing Organisms', with Christina Brandt, Exchange Egenis-Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, funded by British Council & DAAD

  • 2006 – 2009: 'Stem Cell Research in Context', Co-Investigator, ESRC (RES-349-25-0002)

  • 2002: 'The Potential for Social Conflict in Research with Embryonic and Adult Human Stem Cells', Co-I with Prof W. Bender, Berghof Foundation Grant

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member Leopoldina, German Academy of Sciences, Working Group Research Ethics Brain Organoids.

  • Vice Chair European Research Council Synergy Panel 2019

  • European Research Council Grants Panels, 2015 – 2017

  • German Central Ethics Commission Stem Cell Research, 2014 – 2022

  • UK BBSRC Bioscience in Society Strategy Board, 2010 – 2016

  • ESRC Peer Reviewer, 2011 – 2016

  • European Research Council (ERC), "Advanced Grants" Reviewer Panel, 2011 – 2013

  • Evaluator Panel BMBF-Förderschwerpunkt "Ethische, rechtliche und soziale Aspekte der modernen Lebenswissenschaften", Fraunhofer Institut Karlsruhe and ZfS Vienna, 2015

  • Advisory Board Member: Placeb-O Project, Cambridge and Sussex and Durham, 2009 – 2010

  • Advisory Board Member: GENAU Project "Genetic 2007-2010 Testing and Changing Images of Human Life", Institute for Higher Studies, Vienna

  • Advisory Board Member: EU Innovation Platform for Tissue Engineering "REMEDY", 2006 – 2008


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