Beatrice Steinert

Beatrice Steinert


Research Interests: Life sciences; history of biology; history of art and architecture; science & technology studies; scientific practice; media studies.

Beatrice is a PhD student in an ad hoc program in History of Science and Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. Her historically-oriented work explores how organismic form has been imaged and imagined in 19th and 20th century biology, art, and architecture. In the lab she uses a variety of microscopy and computational imaging techniques to understand the architecture of early-stage embryogenesis in a species of marine crustacean. She is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a Harvard Presidential Scholar.

Papers Presented:
“Drawing Embryos Together: Seeing ‘The Embryology of Crepidula.’” Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Biology (Philadelphia, PA, March 25th, 2017).

Steinert, Beatrice. “Janina Wellmann, The Form of Becoming: Embryology and the Epistemology of Rhythm, 1760-1830,” Journal of the History of Biology 52 (September 2019), 493-495.

Steinert, Beatrice and Kate MacCord, “Visualizing the Cell: Pictorial Styles and their Epistemic Goals in General Cytology,” in Visions of Cell Biology: Reflections Inspired by Cowdry’s General Cytology, eds. Karl Matlin, Jane Maienschein, and Manfred Laubichler, University of Chicago Press, 2018

Previous Degrees: 
B.A., Biology/Science & Society, Brown University 

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