Academic & Research Fellows
Katerina Vlantoni works as adjunct faculty at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of West Attica, and, at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is the Principal Investigator of the postdoctoral research project BIO-CONTEXT: Contextualizing biobanking in Greece: histories, practices, discourses, funded by the Hellenic Foundation for Research & Innovation (H.F.R.I.) (11/2020-04/2023). She is also a postdoctoral researcher in the EU Horizon 2020 research project InsSciDE: Inventing a shared Science Diplomacy for Europe (09/2018-today). She has been co-researcher in the research project “The public debates on cord blood bio-banks in Greece: approaches from the interdisciplinary field Science, Technology, Society”, which was funded by Onassis Foundation (10/2016-09/2018). Vlantoni has been a recipient of a Siemens Fellowship from the Greek State Fellowship Foundation (2016-2017), a doctoral fellowship of the History Office of the US National Institute of Health (2012), a doctoral fellowship ‘Heracleitus II’ that was co-financed by the EU and the Greek state (2009-2013), and has participated as a researcher in a series of international research projects, including the EU HORIZON 2020 project HoNESt: History of Nuclear Energy and Society and the EU FP7 project PAPYRUS: Cultural and historical digital libraries dynamically mined from news archives, and the ESF project EuroCrit – Europe Goes Critical: the emergence and governance of critical transnational European infrastructure.
Her teaching experience includes the following: adjunct faculty, graduate course “Science, Technology, Society: Biosciences, Biotechnology, Medicine“, Graduate Program “Science, Technology, Society-Science and Technology Studies”, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (academic years 2018-19, 2019-20); adjunct faculty, undergraduate courses “Introduction to Biomedical Sciences” and “Bioethics”, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of West Attica (academic years 2018-19, 2019-20); adjunct faculty, undergraduate course “The Natural and Human Sciences in Europe”, undergraduate program ‘European Civilization Studies’, Hellenic Open University (academic years 2017-18, 2018-19).
Vlantoni has received PhD (2016) and BSc (2005) degrees from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and a MA degree (2006, with distinction) in Science and Technology Studies from Maastricht University (European Program on Society, Science and Technology-ESST). Her doctoral research focused on the introduction and use of genetic technologies in blood screening, in the field of blood-banking and transfusion medicine. She specializes in the historical and STS study of medical/biomedical science and technology.