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Dr. Christine Y L Luk
Postdoctoral Fellow (Affilliated) HKIHSS


Christine Luk

A native of Hong Kong, Dr. LUK is a joint postdoctoral fellow at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (China Studies) and the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HKIHSS) at The University of Hong Kong. Trained as a historian of science from Arizona State University, her research interests revolve around the history, philosophy, sociology, and anthropology of bioscience and biotech in modern and contemporary China. Her first book, A History of Biophysics in Contemporary China, was published by Springer in 2015. She is now working on her second book project about the history of marine biology in modern China. Tentatively titled Studying the Ocean for the Nation, the project considers the intersection between marine biology and waves of nationalism in modern China, addressing questions as to how and why historical actors championed marine biology as a discipline worthy of state support as well as who could speak for the Chinese marine territory.

• Select Recent Publications:
- Book
A History of Biophysics in Contemporary China (Dordrecht: Springer, 2015). (Available at and reviewed at Metascience)
- Refereed journal articles
“Radium, Biophysics, and Radiobiology: Tracing the History of Radiobiology in Twentieth-Century China,”
(forthcoming in History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences)
“Making Space for Engineering Education: the South China Institute of Engineering”Engineering Studies (2016)
vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 163-188.
“Biotech in Hong Kong: How Biologist-Entrepreneurs Pursued ‘Hong Kong’s Bioscience Dream’” East Asian
Science, Technology, and Society: An International Journal (2016) vol. 10, iss. 3, pp. 291-313.
“Building Biophysics in Mid-century China: The University of Science and Technology of China” Journal of the
History of Biology (2015) vol. 48, iss. 2, pp. 201-235.
“Contextualizing Pipeline Leakage in Engineering and Technology: the Emerging Career Aspiration of Doctoral
Engineers in Hong Kong,” in Godfroy-Genin, Anne-Sophie, eds. Women in Engineering and Technology Research, The PROMETEA Conference Proceedings (Zürich: Lit. Verlag, 2010), pp. 129-148.
- Collaborative articles
(with Subodhana Wijeyeratne), “Space biology and China: rethinking the space age in a multi-polar world,”
(with Zhu Qin), “技术上的中游调节:从内部进行治理” (Translation of “Midstream Modulation of Technology:
Governance from Within,”) in Zueyan Liu, Xukun Wang, and Qian Wang, eds. 《中国技术哲学年鉴》(Research Yearbook of Philosophy of Technology in China (2010-2011) (Dalian: Dalian University of Technology Press, 2012), pp. 182-196. (In Chinese)
- Work in progress
“Building ‘An Embryo Chinese Woods Hole’: The Marine Biological Station at Amoy University” (invited chapter
for a co-edited volume From the Beach to the Bench: Why Marine Biological Studies? Under book contract with the University of Chicago Press)
“Review of Sigrid Schmalzer’s Red Revolution, Green Revolution: Scientific Farming in Socialist China (Chicago:
University of Chicago Press, 2016)” (invited book review for Journal of the History of Biology)
“Review of Priscilla Song’s Biomedical Odysseys: Fetal Cell Experiments from Cyberspace to China (New Jersey:
Princeton University Press, 2016)” (invited book review for Asian Medicine)
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