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Master’s Study

UCLouvain offers master’s degree programs in French, which include a substantial research thesis.

Ph.D. Study

Several opportunities are available for fully funded doctoral study in the lab.


Join our center as a funded postdoctoral fellow, via a variety of funding programs!

The PI

Charles H. Pence

Prof. Pence is a philosopher and historian of science and technology, working as Chargé de cours and Director of the Center for Philosophy of Science and Society (CEFISES) in the Institut supérieur de philosophy and Faculté de philosophie, arts et lettres at the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium. He is also co-editor of the journal Philosophy, Theory, and Practice in Biology. He holds an A.B. in philosophy from Princeton, and a Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to arriving at UCLouvain, he worked at Louisiana State University.

Current Researchers/Postdocs

Oliver Lean

Oliver Lean completed his PhD at the University of Bristol, before joining the University of Calgary as a postdoctoral scholar on the Templeton-funded project From Biological Practice to Scientific Metaphysics. He joined the group in 2019. His research focuses on causal and informational concepts in molecular biology, and the relationship between them. More broadly, he is interested in updating traditional metaphysics to fit with contemporary scientific practice, especially with data-driven research.

Luca Rivelli

Luca Rivelli joined us on the DHPB project in 2019, after a PhD from Padua University and Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University. His research focuses on the effects of computation and computational constraints on scientific practice, especially on the possibility of producing feasible and understandable explanations of large complex biological systems, such as genetic regulatory networks or proteomes.

Current Students

Chris Eddy

Chris is an LSU undergraduate student working on extending our work in digital humanities and applying it to an exciting set of questions in the study of complex systems and emergence. His project focuses on applying topic modeling to construct empirically grounded conceptual analyses in these fields.

I don’t list the names of active undergraduate lab members here, unless they have given me express permission.

Lab Alumni

Daniel G. Swaim

The first MA student in the lab, Daniel joined at LSU in 2014. After writing a thesis on the role of dispositional properties in evolutionary theory (and with a co-authored publication in the works), he went on to start PhD study at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. Learn more…


Daniel J. Hicks

Dr. Hicks is a leading scholar of the ethical and political implications of science, especially public scientific controversy. He is currently a research fellow with the University of California, Davis libraries, having recently served in the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Learn more…

Gregory Radick

Prof. Radick is one of the most highly acclaimed scholars on the history and development of the theory of genetics. Our lab has worked extensively with him on the works of Francis Galton, Karl Pearson, and W.F.R. Weldon, the figures at the center of our historical project. Learn more…

Grant Ramsey

Prof. Ramsey is one of the lab’s closest collaborators, and has contributed to both our traditional research projects as well as the long-term evoText project in digital humanities. He currently holds a position as BOFZAP Research Professor at KU Leuven in Leuven, Belgium. Learn more…



Named for Ada Lovelace, the lab’s mascot can be found searching for swimming time, playing fetch with a tennis ball, or assisting with grading by placing her snoot on top of any available pile of papers. She graduated from Baton Rouge’s Friends of the Animals with a degree in slurps.