Michelle LaBonte

Michelle LaBonte

Michelle LaBonte

Research Interests: History of biology; history of medicine; history of technology; disability history.

Michelle is a PhD candidate in the Department of the History of Science. Her dissertation examines diagnostic uncertainty in medicine, with a focus on the history of cystic fibrosis. Prior to entering the department, Michelle worked as a biologist and spent over a decade teaching undergraduate students in the classroom and in the laboratory. Most recently, Michelle was on the faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences at Wellesley College, where she taught courses in cell and molecular biology, genetics, biotechnology, and immunology.

Select Publications:

(forthcoming) LaBonte ML. (2021). Diagnostic uncertainty, microbes, and the isolation of people with cystic fibrosis. Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences.

LaBonte ML. (2018). The mist tent: An analysis of therapeutic change in the history of cystic fibrosis care. Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 92(4): 634–663. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/713341

LaBonte ML. (2018). Book review of The gene: from genetics to postgenomics by Hans-Jörg Rheinberger and Staffan Müller-Wille. New Genetics and Society. 38(2): 246-247. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14636778.2018.1530102

LaBonte M.L. (2017). Blobel and Sabatini's "beautiful idea:" Visual representations of the conception and refinement of the signal hypothesis. Journal of the History of Biology. 50: 797–833. http://rdcu.be/oRec

Richardson S.S, Reiches M., Shattuck-Heidorn H., LaBonte, M.L., & Consoli T. (2015). Focus on preclinical sex differences will not address women’s and men’s health disparities. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 112(44): 13419-13420. http://www.pnas.org/content/112/44/13419.full.pdf

LaBonte M.L. (2015). Elements of informed consent for preimplantation genetic diagnosis. In E.S. Sills (Ed.), Transferring the Single Euploid Embryo: Molecular Genetics in Reproductive Medicine. Springer. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-16892-0_2

LaBonte M.L. (2014). Anticoagulant factor V: Factors affecting the integration of novel scientific discoveries into the broader framework. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. 47: 23-34. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1369848614000363

LaBonte M.L. (2012). An analysis of U. S. fertility center educational materials suggests that informed consent for PGD may be inadequate. Journal of Medical Ethics. 38(8): 479-84. http://jme.bmj.com/content/38/8/479

Previous Degrees:
AB., Molecular Biology, Princeton University
AM., History of Science, Harvard University
PhD., Virology, Division of Medical Sciences, Harvard University

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