Sophia Roosth is a doctoral candidate in the Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society at MIT. Her research focuses on the anthropology of the experimental life sciences, specifically the emerging field of synthetic biology. In studying the construction of biotic systems de novo, Sophia is most interested in examining how biological materials are designed, fabricated, and standardized; how engineering idioms are imported into biological practice; and how engineers are intervening into biological temporality. More broadly, she is concerned with the ontology of biological substance, the intersection of biology and design, and the discursive traffic between organisms and machines. She also writes about the use of acoustic technologies to listen to cells.
SOPHIA ROOSTH2 03 2009