I am an assistant professor at the Freudenthal Institute, Utrecht University. My research focuses on the history and philosophy of the life sciences and physical anthropology. The main aim of my research is to stop racism in science and society. To do that, I study racialization practices in the history of science as well as in contemporary biomedical research (e.g., in microbiome research and epigenetics) and in biometric technologies (e.g., facial recognition). I also investigate the politics of transdisciplinary knowledge production and the history of ethnobiology in Latin America.
I teach widely in history and philosophy of science and give courses on scientific integrity and values in science. Before coming to Utrecht, I worked at Wageningen University, NL, Ruhr University Bochum, GER, and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Ph.D. 2016).
I am the principal investigator of the project "Microbiome research and race in the 'Local South'" funded by the NWO.