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Science Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS)
School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
Room 2.03 Old Surgeons' Hall
High School Yards
Edinburgh EH1 1LZ
After his PhD at Imperial College London, Miguel worked at Manchester University, Centre for the History of Science, and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Department of Science, Technology and Society.
His research interests are in the history of contemporary biomedicine, with special emphasis on the transition between molecular biology and new forms of knowledge production at the fall of the 20th century: biotechnology, bioinformatics and genomics. He is now developing a five-year Chancellor's Fellowship in the Department of Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, with a project on the history of concerted large-scale mapping and sequencing initiatives (the science, politics and socio-economic expectations behind the human and animal genome projects which proliferated after the mid 1980s).
His book Biology, Computing and the History of Molecular Sequencing: From Proteins to DNA (1945-2000) was recently published by Palgrave-Macmillan. He previously worked as a journalist and is interested in science communication and public engagement.
1) Interactions between biomedicine and computing / biology and agriculture
2) Top-down and bottom-up approaches to large-scale biomedical initiatives, especially genomic projects.
3) Changing configurations of pure and applied research in biotechnological enterprises.
4) Social and historical dimensions in the formation of biomedical expectations. Role of narratives and biographical accounts in those processes.
5) Interdisciplinary connections between history of science and contemporary-oriented science studies (anthropological, sociological, economic and policy perspectives).
Garcia-Sancho, M (2015) ‘Recasting the Local and the Global: The Three Lives of Protein Sequencing in Spanish Biomedical Research (1967–1995)’ in Merz, M and Sormani, P (Eds), ‘The Local Configuration of New Research Fields - On Regional and National Diversity’, Springer - Volume 29 of the series Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook, Berlin, pp 205‑228
Garcia-Sancho, M (2016) ‘The proactive historian: Methodological opportunities presented by the new archives documenting genomics’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 55 (Feb-16) 70–82
Aicardi, C, Garcia-Sancho, M (2016) ‘Towards future archives and historiographies of ’big biology’’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 55 (Feb-16) 41–44
Garcia-Sancho, M, González-Silva, M, Santesmases, MJ (2014) ‘Shaping biomedical objects across history and philosophy: A conversation with Hans-Jörg Rheinberger’, Dynamis : Acta Hispanica ad Medicinae Scientiarumque Historiam Illustrandam 34 (1) 193‑209
Garcia-Sancho, M (2012) ‘From the Genetic to the Computer Program: The Historicity of ‘Data’ and ‘Computation’ in the Investigations on the Nematode Worm C. elegans (1963-1998)’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 43 (1) 16‑28
Chow-White, PA, Garcia-Sancho, M (2012) ‘Bidirectional Shaping and Spaces of Convergence: Interactions between Biology and Computing from the First DNA Sequencers to Global Genome Databases’, Science Technology & Human Values 37 (1) 124‑164
Garcia-Sancho, M (2011) ‘Academic and Molecular Matrices: A Study of the Transformations of Connective Tissue Research at the University of Manchester (1947–1996)’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 42 (2) 233‑245
Garcia-Sancho, M (2014) ‘From the informal confederation to the genomic ‘G5’: the Human Genome Project as a historically situated big data initiative’, Is Adding More Data Always Better?, Chicago Field Museum, November 2014
Garcia-Sancho, M (2014) ‘The database as a space of convergence: a history of the practices and professionals behind the first DNA sequence bank’, Knowledge Management and the Futures of our Society, Satellite meeting with Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, September 2014
Garcia-Sancho, M (2014) ‘From breeding experiments to stem cell research: animal genetics in Edinburgh and the cloning of the sheep Dolly’, British Society for the History of Science Annual Meeting, St Andrews, Scotland, UK, July 2014
Garcia-Sancho, M (2015) ‘Pasado y presente de la investigación biomédica: ¿Es otra genómica posible? De la confederación informal al G5 biomédico’, Investigacion y Ciencia (Spanish version of "Scientific American")
Garcia-Sancho, M (2014) ‘Pasado y presente de la investigación biomédica - Interdisciplinariedad en la práctica: Richard Feynman y el Instituto Tecnológico de California’, Investigacion y Ciencia (Spanish version of "Scientific American")