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Dr. Jean Harrington

Associate Research Fellow


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An undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Exeter and a working background within the pharmaceutical industry and private education has fuelled my immense interest in ethical and social attitudes and the conceptualisation of innovative research in the field of science.

My thesis for an MSc in Genomics in Society centred around an exploration of slippery-slope arguments surrounding stem cell research, focusing on the chimeric embryo and foetus. I continued my studies at PhD level, under the supervision of Dr Christine Hauskeller and Professor John Dupré, with research into the translation of stem cell knowledge, concepts and techniques into novel medical applications. I achieved my PhD in Sociology in May 2011 with a thesis entitled ‘. Since 1 April 2011 I have been employed by Egenis as an Associate Research Fellow.


Harrington, J. and Stephens, N. 'A social science view on the FRAME symposium: Identities and networks', Alternatives to Laboratory Animals 38 Supplement 1, 2010, pp 101-104.

Hauskeller, C. and Harrington, J. `The death of Frankenbunny? Reply to the Response of the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics.' Newsletter of the ESRC Genomics Network 8, 2008, pp 28–30.

Harrington, J. and Hauskeller, C. `The death of Frankenbunny?' Newsletter of the ESRC Genomics Network 7, 2008, pp. 15–17.

Hauskeller, C. and Harrington J. ‘Human Embryos or Hybrids? A Decision Making Role Play on Stem Cell Research and Ethics.’ 2007 (Human Embryos or Hybrids?)

Selected Presentations:

Harrington, J., 'How does man conceptualise models of human disease in the context of changing ethical and legal frameworks concerning animals in experimentation?' Animal Models, Model Animals? Meaning and Practices in the History of the Biomedical Sciences, Centre for the History of Science Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester, 20-21 September, 2012

Harrington, J., 'The Dilemma: Animal models and human tissue in medical research', Minding Animals Conference, Utrecht University, 4-6 July 2012.

Harrington, J. 'The Translation of Stem Cell Research: An ethnographic study', BSA Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference, Chester University, 15 September 2011.

Harrington, J. 'Social Science Aspects of Cardiovascular Translation’, UK National Stem Cell Network Annual Conference, University of York, 30 March 2011

Harrington, J. 'Is re-production a 'local' affair? The effect of culturing routines on stem cells: (plus a further sensory story based upon the work of Dr Deborah Robinson, Artist/Visiting Research Fellow, Egenis)', Joint Egenis/Max Planck Institute for the History of Science workshop, 'Negotiating Identity: Objects and Methods of Reproduction in 20th Century Life Sciences II', Max Planck Institute, Berlin, 10 May 2010.

Harrington, J. and Wilson-Kovacs, D. ‘Translational Space: The science around stem cell treatment of the heart’, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, July 2009.

Harrington, J. ' Making sense of research using autologous stem cells for heart repair: A translational approach’, HUSS Postgraduate conference, University of Exeter, 26 May 2009.Harrington, J. ‘Animal models in the laboratory’, Joint Egenis/Max Planck Institute for the History of Science workshop Negotiating Identity: Objects and Methods of Reproduction in 20th Century Life Sciences, University of Exeter, 3 April 2009.Harrington, J. ‘Translational Space: Stem Cell Treatment of the Heart’, Egenis Seminar, University of Exeter, 21 October 2008.Wilson-Kovacs, D., Harrington, J., Weber, S., and Hauskeller, C. ‘Making Sense of Clinical Trials Using Autologous Stem Cells for Heart Repair’, BSA Medical Sociology Annual Conference, University of Sussex, 5 September 2008.Harrington, J. ‘Translational Space: Theoretical and methodological considerations’ Presentation of research to date at Egenis seminar, University of Exeter, 28 April 2008.Harrington, J. ‘Knowledge Criteria in Stem Cell Science’, Plenary talk at the UK National Stem Cell Network Inaugural Conference, University of Edinburgh, 10th April 2008

Research Interests

My research focuses on the paradigm of translational research in the field of regenerative medicine, particularly the stem cell, encompassing research into issues such as the animal and human as models for disease, innovative technology, institutional frameworks and behaviours, and regulation. I am involved in a project on .