Microbiome Research in a Social World

Amber Benezra is an industry assistant professor in the department of technology, culture and society at NYU Tandon.

… Infrastructure and cultural practices can profoundly shape microbiomes, but those factors fall outside most microbiologists’ expertise. Therefore, some researchers advocate for integrating social scientists into microbiome studies. For example, anthropologist and director of Science and Technology Studies at New York University Amber Benezra spent several years working with microbiome science pioneer Jeff Gordon. Understanding how microbiomes fit into existing infrastructure and cultural practices can help microbiome researchers design more effective and culturally compatible solutions to microbe-related problems, Benezra says.

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