I am a philosopher of science studying scientific representation, modelling and scientific inference, with a special emphasis on synthetic biology and interdisclipinary relations between different scientific disciplines. I work as a newly appointed professor of philosophy of science at the University of Vienna, Austria. Before that I served as an associate professor of philosophy of science at the University of South Carolina, and academy research fellow at the Academy of Finland / University of Helsinki.


Although the philosophical questions I am interested in are general, my approach is geared towards contemporary science, and practice-oriented in nature. In particular, I combine philosophical analysis with historical and empirical case studies, often in collaboration with scientists, or scholars from history and sociology of science.

In addition to synthetic biology and economics, I have been working on language technology, and engineering sciences more generally, and also on commercialization of scientific research. One of my areas of expertise lies in science and technology studies – I served as an Editor-in-Chief of Science & Technology Studies.

In my future research, I am focusing on the modal dimension of scientific modelling, especially in the context of the life sciences. Another goal of mine is to further develop the artefactual approach to modelling, and study it in relation to various fictional accounts. Finally, I am addressing the dissemination of formal and computational methods across disciplinary boundaries through the close study of some widely used model templates.