Postdoctoral Fellow, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, UPenn


BA in American Studies, Barnard College

MS in Genetic Counseling, Arcadia University 

PhD in History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania

Rebecca Mueller is post-doctoral fellow in the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Genetics and Genomics in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. She also teaches ethics and mentors student research at Penn’s Master of Science Genetic Counseling Program. Mueller completed her Ph.D. in the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania and her masters in genetic counseling at Arcadia University. Her book project, The Genome and the Biome: Cystic Fibrosis at Six Feet Apart, Mueller uses cystic fibrosis as a case study of novel diagnostic technologies, risk and sociality. In her fellowship, Mueller is investigating the impact of genetic diagnoses on individuals’ conceptions of time and the future, adding to the nascent literature on disability and temporality through a comparative study of adults with cystic fibrosis and beta thalassemia. Mueller is a recipient of the Jack D. Pressman Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Development Award in 20th Century History of Medicine or Biomedical Sciences.

Research Interests

History of Genetics, Disability, Ethical, Legal, Social Implications of Genetics and Genomics

Teaching Fields

Medical ethics, Genetic Ethics, History of Medicine, Disability Studies

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