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Mag. Dr. Dr. Hanna Lucia Worliczek


Hanna Worliczek is a historian of the life sciences in the 20th century with an emphasis on modern cell biology and its intersections with other scientific disciplines. After finishing her diploma studies in biology (2005) she earned a doctorate in microbiology-genetics at the University of Vienna (2010) with a dissertation on the immune response to a protozoan infection in pigs. Between 2010 and 2014 she worked as a postdoc at the Institute of Parasitology (University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna), leading a junior research group investigating the immunological host-parasite interactions of apicomplexan parasites of veterinary relevance, and working on the development of in vitro models and cell biology of the apicomplexan life cycle. From 2014–2018 she had been a fellow in the FWF-doctoral program “The Sciences in Historical, Philosophical and Cultural Contexts” at the University of Vienna, and in 2019 a research associate in the interdisciplinary research program McDonnell Initiative @MBL at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole (MA) with a focus on cell biology’s visual culture and historical epistemology. In 2020, Hanna Worliczek earned a doctoral degree in history with her dissertation on immunofluorescence microscopy as a visual epistemic tool in modern cell biology. Since 2019, she has been an associate fellow at the Department of History, University of Vienna, funded by a research fellowship of the Gerda Henkel foundation. Within this framework, Hanna Worliczek is investigating valuation dynamics of different ways of knowing in cell biology after 1950, with an emphasis on tensions between descriptive and experimental-interventional research practices. Starting in 2011, she taught various aspects of parasitology as well as good scientific practice (University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna) as well as courses on scientific literacy for medical students (skills line public health & evidence-based medicine, Sigmund Freud University Vienna). Hanna Worliczek currently teaches history of science at the University of Vienna.

As a visiting scholar in the GMPG Research Program, she studies the history of cell biological research in the Max Planck Society (ca. 1970–1990) in comparison to other research institutions in the context of an increasing specialization and molecularization of cell biology’s research fields since the 1970s.




Selected Publications

Worliczek, Hanna Lucia (2020): „Wege zu einer molekularisierten Bildgebung. Eine Geschichte der Immunfluoreszenzmikroskopie als visuelles Erkenntnisinstrument der modernen Zellbiologie (1959–1980).“ Doctoral thesis, University of Vienna (Dr. phil.). Book in preparation.

Liu, Daniel, Worliczek, Hanna Lucia and Michelle L. LaBonte (2018): Hands-on HPS at the Marine Biological Laboratory. In: History of Science Society Newsletter 47 (2), 14–16.

Gubbels, Marc-Jan, Keroack, Caroline D., Dangoudoubiyam, Sriveny, Worliczek, Hanna Lucia, Paul, Aditya S., Bauwens, Ciara, Elsworth, Brendan, Engelberg, Klemens, Howe, Daniel K., Coppens, Isabelle and Manoj T. Duraisingh (2020): Fussing About Fission: Defining Variety Among Mainstream and Exotic Apicomplexan Cell Division Modes. In: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology 10:269, https://doi.org/10.3389/fcimb.2020.00269.

Worliczek, Hanna Lucia, Ruttkowski, Bärbel, Schwarz, Lukas, Witter, Kirsti, Tschulenk, Waltraud and Anja Joachim (2013): Isospora suis in an epithelial cell culture system – an in vitro model for sexual development in coccidia. In: Plos One; 8(7):e69797, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0069797.

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Centre for the History of Universities and Science at the University of Bologna (CIS) & Italian Society for the History of Science (SISS), held online

“Visual, Material and Sensory Cultures of Science”, 9th European Society for the History of Science (ESHS) Biennial Conference

Symposium “Contextualizing mechanism in twentieth century biology: visual and material cultures of description, narrative, and cooperation” (organized by Worliczek, Hanna Lucia and Berry, Dominic)

“Merely descriptive” and therefore dismissed? Descriptive epistemic practices of modern cell biology in the context of evolving mechanistic-explanatory demands and innovative imaging technologies after 1950



GMPG Research Program, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (held online)

Wissenschaftshistorische Perspektiven auf die Zellbiologie in der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, 1970–1990 (invited talk)



Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA

From the Adoption of Fluorescence Microscopy to Changing Ways of Knowing on Cell Biology: Assessing the Recent History of Biology Through its Visual Culture(s) (invited talk)



University of Oslo

Biennial meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB)

Entangling morphology and physiology – the trajectory of simple and complex systems of cultured cells in 1980’s research on cytoskeleton-environment interactions



Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna

Lecture on the occasion of the award ceremony for the interdisciplinary “Bader Award for the History of the Natural Sciences”, awarded to H. L. Worliczek

Deskriptive Forschungs als Stiefkind der modernen Zellbiologie und ihrer Historiographie (invited talk)

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