Scott Gilbert (Boundaries: Seminar)
Biology, Swarthmore College
Scott F. Gilbert is the Howard A. Schneiderman Professor of Biology at Swarthmore, where he teaches developmental genetics, embryology, and the history and critiques of biology. He received his B.A. in both biology and religion from Wesleyan University (1971), and he earned his Ph.D. in biology from the pediatric genetics laboratory of Dr. Barbara Migeon at the Johns Hopkins University (1976). His M.A. in the history of science, also from Johns Hopkins, was done under the supervision of Donna Haraway. Gilbert currently has three books in print: Developmental Biology (a textbook in its tenth edition), Bioethics and the New Embryology (a volume, co-authored with two students, that discusses new findings in developmental biology with respect to philosophy and religion), and Ecological Developmental Biology, a textbook coauthored with David Epel which integrates developmental plasticity, epigenetics, and symbiosis into discussions of medicine and evolution.