Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard

Harvard Kennedy School of Government | Harvard University
Derek So

Derek So

Derek So is a PhD Candidate in Human Genetics at McGill University’s Centre of Genomics and Policy. His thesis examines the human germline gene editing debate and the conceptual frameworks that stakeholders use when imagining genetically modified people – particularly the way in which future people’s traits are reified into independent modules like building blocks rather than being discussed in combination or in context. Derek’s interdisciplinary research incorporates psychology, theology, and science fiction to explore how these frameworks come about and how alternatives might contribute to the richness of the debate. As a Visiting Fellow in the STS Program, he will be helping to organize a project titled “Imaginations of the Human” that aims to bring together science fiction authorsĀ for a series of conversations on gene editing, enhancement and the future of humanness.”