Luis Campos (Ph.D. Harvard University) is a historian of science specializing in the history of the life sciences in the twentieth century, especially the history of genetics. He is currently engaged in a study of the newly emerging field of contemporary biological engineering known as synthetic biology, viewing it as the most recent iteration of a century-long quest to control and understand life by attempting to recreate it in the laboratory. Integrating archival research with fieldwork among contemporary communities of synthetic biologists, Campos seeks to relate the claims of this newest of fields to its institutional and disciplinary forebears, its varied local and transatlantic contexts, and to larger ongoing intellectual and cultural themes in the history of the quest to engineer life. In earlier work integrating science and literature, Campos explored the “prehistory” of radiation genetics as he unpacked the metaphors surrounding the study of radioactivity and life in the early twentieth century (“Radium and the Secret of Life”). Prof. Campos has served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Read more on his personal page.