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Dr Lisa Onaga (United States/Germany) is a historian of science and technology, focusing on questions about the ownership and authorship of knowledge in relation to biological materiality, especially silk. Her monograph Cocoon Cultures: The Entangled History of Silk and Science in Japan (under contract with Duke University Press) examines how the pursuit of the perfect silkworm cocoon provided a practical means for understanding heredity during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Onaga received her PhD from Cornell University and was a member of the history faculty at Nanyang Technological University from 2012 until 2018 when she stepped down to undertake new responsibilities at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. Previously, she was a fellow at the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics.