Larry Au

Larry Au is a PhD candidate in sociology with broad interests in medical sociology, economic sociology, and science and technology studies. His dissertation examines the global emergence of the scientific field of precision medicine, focusing on the construction of large speculative infrastructures for biomedical research in China. His other projects examine the translation of “good ideas” from the field of traditional Chinese medicine to solve “hard problems” in biomedicine, controversies in human germline gene-editing, and the role of expertise in making sense of the ongoing pandemic. These projects have been supported by grants from the Social Science Research Council, the Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Program in China Studies, the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, and the Precision Medicine and Society Program. Findings from these projects have been published in Social Science & Medicine, Qualitative Sociology, Science, Technology, & Human Values, BioSocieties, Public Understanding of Science, and other venues.

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