Deboleena Roy

Deboleena Roy is Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology at Emory University.  She received her Ph.D. in neuroendocrinology and molecular biology in 2001 from the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. In her doctoral work, she examined the effects of estrogen and melatonin on the gene expression and cell signaling mechanisms in gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons of the hypothalamus.  The focus of her current research and scholarship in feminist science studies is to bridge feminist critiques of science with transformations in the processes of scientific knowledge production.  Her teaching focuses on integrating biology and women’s studies and addressing issues of gender, race and class in science education.  She has published her work in journals such as Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy; Australian Feminist Studies; Rhizomes: Cultural Studies of Emerging Knowledge; Endocrinology; Neuroendocrinology; and the Journal of Biological Chemistry.  Roy was a faculty research fellow at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University from September 2008 – June 2009.  While at the institute, she developed a project in feminist neuroethics and is currently working on a manuscript entitled “Mapping Gender, Hormones, and Neurons: Feminist Configurations in the Neurosciences.”  She recently received a grant from the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative to develop a training program that instructs graduate students in biomedicine, bioengineering, and bioethics on the ethical and social implications of synthetic biology research. The program will also focus on developing participatory research practices to address the need for critical engagement with public concerns over new biotechnologies.