Historian, Research Director, Inserm
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, among other works, Preventive Strikes: Women, Precancer, and Prophylactic Surgery (Johns Hopkins UP, 2009), A Woman's Disease: A History of Cervical Cancer (Oxford UP, 2011), Imperfect Pregnancies: A History of Prenatal Diagnosis (Johns Hopkins UP, 2017) and Tangled Diagnoses: Prenatal Testing, Women and Risk (Chicago UP, 2018.)
My current research focuses on the Zika epidemic in Brazil, and on "covid long/ post covid syndrome. I approach the latter topic from a historical and gender perspective, studying the long history of functional disorders-pathologies that are not related to the presence of a well-defined anatomical lesion-and their links to "women's diseases."