Löwy Ilana

Historian, Research Director, Inserm

Contact: ilana.lowy(at)cnrs.fr



A biologist by training, I worked for ten years in a cellular immunology lab at the Institut Pasteur before transferring to history of science. I studied the history of organ transplants, "Pasteurian sciences" – bacteriology, immunology, and virology – the intersection between biomedicine and gender studies, notably in the field of reproduction and treatment of female cancers, and the epistemology of the pioneer in social studies of science, Ludwik Fleck.

I published, among other work, Between Bench and Bedside: Science, Healing and Interleukin-2 in a Cancer Ward (Harvard UP, 1996); Virus, moustiques et modernité : Science, politique et la fièvre jaune au Brésil (Archives d'Histoire Contemporaine, 2001); L'emprise du genre : Masculinité, féminité, inégalité (La Dispute, 2005); Preventive Strikes : Women, Precancer, and Prophylactic Surgery, (Johns Hopkins UP, 2009 ), and A Woman's Disease : A History of Cervical Cancer (Oxford UP, 2011).

My current research focuses on the history of congenital malformations and prenatal diagnosis, and on screening, prevention, and treatment of pathologies related to changes in the genetic material of an organism, hereditary or de novo.

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