Azita Chellappoo is a postdoctoral researcher at Ruhr-University Bochum under the DFG-Emmy Noether Research Group The Return of the Organism in the Biosciences: Theoretical, Historical, and Social Dimensions. Her project aims to explore links between organism-centered perspectives emerging under the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis and developments in personalised/precision medicine, race-based medicine, and biosocial research, and investigate social and political dimensions of emerging research in epigenetics and the microbiome.
Her PhD thesis, completed in the HPS Department at University of Cambridge (2020), was an analysis of conceptual challenges in cultural selection, including the resemblance between cultural and biological populations, questions of explanation, contrasts with historical or anthropological understandings, and potential social and political consequences of using cultural evolutionary frameworks. Her broader research interests include feminist epistemology and critical race theory.



  • 2020-: Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Philosophy I, Ruhr-University Bochum
  • 2020: LSE Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, London School of Economics
  • 2016-2020: PhD in Philosophy of Science, History and Philosophy of Science Department, University of Cambridge
  • 2014-2015: MSc in Philosophy of Science, London School of Economics
  • 2012-2013: MRes in Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation, University College London
  • 2009-2012: BA in Biological Sciences, University of Oxford



  Journal Articles

  • Rethinking Prestige Bias (2020) In: Synthese, 1-22 [download pdf]

Dr. Azita Chellappoo

Fakultät III, Institut für Philosophie I
GC 05/706
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Universitätsstr. 150
44801 Bochum
Tel. +49(0)234/32-24817