Andrea Loettgers

Associate Investigator

Andrea Loettgers is a senior researcher in the ERC project Possible Life-The Philosophical Significance of Extending Biology at the University in Vienna. She holds a habilitation in philosophy of science from the University of Bern and a PhD in physics from the University of Göttingen.

From 2001 to 2011 she has been a Postdoc at the California Institute of Technology. At Caltech she held joint appointments in the humanities and the biology department to conduct and philosophical analyse laboratory observations in synthetic biology. During this time, she had been awarded with a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Alfred Sloan Foundation. From 2005-2006 she had been appointed as the Hixon-Riggs Visiting Professor for Science, Technology and Social Studies at Harvey Mudd College. After returning to Switzerland Loettgers has been awarded by an additional grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation for a project on synthetic biology at the University of Geneva. From 2016 to 2018 she was appointed as Bernoulli Fellow at the Center of Space and Habitability.

In her research Loettgers investigates modeling practices in physics and biology based on laboratory observations. A special interest concerns the development of organizational principles in biology and their transfer in-between biology and physics. She has published in: British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Science, European Journal for Philosophy of Science, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, and The Monist.