Beatrice Steinert

Beatrice Steinert

Beatrice Steinert

Graduate Student

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BA., Biology/Science & Society, Brown University

Research Interests:

My research focuses on the history of cell and developmental biology, specifically experimental and visualization practices in 20th century embryology and, more broadly, the relationship between making and knowing within these fields. I have a related interest in the intersections of science and art, particularly how their shared tools and conceptual underpinnings shaped 20th century biology and modern art.

In the Extavour lab, I work on early development in the marine crustacean Parhyale hawaiensis. I am fascinated by how multicellular organisms arise from a single cell, particularly how cells collectively achieve dynamic organismal form, and seek to use my research in the lab to inform my historical perspective. I am also working on multiple media-based projects. I am interested in how film can be used to depict various aspects of scientists’ experiences as well as how image-making methods, aesthetics, and spaces of encounter influence our perception of biological data.

I am a PhD student in History of Science, with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice, and a Master’s student in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. My interdisciplinary work is supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Selected Publications:

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