Gabriel Coren

ToftH Researcher

Gabriel Coren recently received a PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. His doctoral dissertation, “New Materials for Life,” chronicles the collaborative efforts of chemical and life scientists as they fabricate novel forms of living matter for biotechnologies and medical therapeutics. His research has been funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the American Philosophical Society, and he is an editor with the History of Anthropology Review. As a Berggruen Institute ToftH Researcher, Coren will conduct fieldwork for the “Biotechnology and the Human” thrust and contribute to the collective by exploring the ways that contemporary biological engineering and synthetic biology challenge traditional divisions between the human, living, and natural worlds.