Lynn Chiu


Postdoc Researcher

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 About me

Dr. Lynn Chiu, PhD, MA, MS, BS is a philosopher of biology and science communication. She is currently developing two interdisciplinary research projects: one on philosophical and psychological issues pertaining the neuro-endocrine-immune-microbiota gut complex and the microbiota-gut-brain axis, the other on the philosophy of interdisciplinary science communication and public engagement. At the Department, she will be working with Dr. Barbara Fischer on public-facing events that explore the historical, philosophical, and scientific legacy of Gregor Mendel (on the occasion of his 200th birthday). She is also working with the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research on science communication projects and writing about the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis and Biological Individuality.

 Recent publications

Chiu L, & Gilbert SF (2020). Niche construction and the transition to herbivory: Phenotype switching and the organization of new nutritional modes. In H. Levine, M. K. Jolly, P. Kulkarni, & V. Nanjundiah (Eds.), Phenotypic Switching (pp. 459–482). Academic Press.

Chiu L (2019). Decoupling, commingling, and the evolutionary significance of experiential niche construction. In T. Uller & K. N. Laland (Eds.), Evolutionary Causation: Biological and Philosophical Reflections (p. 299). MIT Press.

Laurent P, Jolivel V, Manicki P, Chiu L, Contin-Bordes C, Truchetet M-E & Pradeu T (2017). Immune-mediated repair: A matter of plasticity. Frontiers in Immunology, 8, 454.

Chiu L, Bazin T, Truchetet M-E, Schaeverbeke T, Delhaes L & Pradeu T (2017). Protective microbiota: From localized to long-reaching co-immunity. Frontiers in Immunology, 8, 1678.

Chiu L, & Eberl G (2016). Microorganisms as scaffolds of host individuality: An eco-immunity account of the holobiont. Biology & Philosophy, 31(6), 819–837.

Chiu L & Gilbert SF (2015). The birth of the holobiont: Multi-species birthing through mutual scaffolding and niche construction. Biosemiotics, 8(2), 191–210.