James Lowe

Department: Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for the Study of Life Sciences (Egenis)

Project Summary

My current research focuses on changes, practices and problems in late 19th-century morphology and embryology, with a particular focus on the career of Edmund Beecher Wilson. 

This research is concerned with attributions of normality in the biological sciences, particularly embryology. 

At the centre of my work is an examination of the entry of the American biologist Edmund Beecher Wilson into experimental work in embryology, and how his investigations of variation in early development produced a ‘normal development’.

I am fascinated with current developments in genetics and development, and the interface between them.

Supervisory Team

First supervisor: Staffan Müller-Wille

Second supervisor: Sabina Leonelli