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Luca Marelli

Luca Marelli

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Luca Marelli is a visiting research fellow with the STS Program for the 2013-2014 academic year. He is a PhD student at the European School of Molecular Medicine (SEMM) and University of Milan and a member of the research unit on Science and Technology Studies, headed by Giuseppe Testa, in the doctoral program on Foundations and Ethics of the Life Sciences (Folsatec) at the European Institute of Oncology ( His project aims at dissecting the epistemological and biopolitical reconfigurations of the induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) research field.

Specifically, during his stay at Harvard, he will conduct ethnographic fieldwork in HSCI-affiliated labs and analyze the relation between the process of constitution of iPSCs as novel biomedical entities and the effects of truth they bring forth, through a reconfiguration of the categories of the normal and the pathological, and a re-definition of clinical and research practices.

Luca has studied philosophy at the University of Milan and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He obtained a BA in philosophy, with a thesis addressing the issues of democracy and cosmopolitism in Jacques Derrida, and an MA in philosophical hermeneutics with a dissertation, “The Problem of the Constitution of Sense in Edmund Husserl and Charles Sanders Peirce”, aimed at establishing a conceptual bridge between the two authors’ theories of ontological constitution.
While at graduate school at SEMM, he has received training in molecular biology through laboratory internships at the European Institute of Oncology (IEO) in Milan. In 2012 he held a visiting teaching appointment in Hermeneutics and Post-Modern Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy at Saengtham College Thailand.


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