Sharon Ku, Ph.D.

Sharon KuDr. Sharon Ku trained as a physicist before joining the field of science studies where she studied the sociology of laboratories, particularly with respect to the production of precision measurements and standard objects.  Her doctoral dissertation explored the social and political dimensions behind the production of the first nanosize standard—the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) certified Gold Nanoparticle Reference Material.  Her Stetten Fellowship extended this work to explore the history of the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory (NCL) and the roles of government, industry and universities in making nanotechnology-enabled products.   Currently, Ku is working with Dr. Stephen Zehr of the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern Indiana, on an NSF project about "interdisciplinarity" that  extends her study of nanotechnology practice from government-owned, scientist-led national laboratories to university -owned, social scientist-led federal-sponsored nanocenters.

Sharon Ku received her Ph.D in the History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University in September 2009, and joined the Office of NIH History in November 2009. In September 2011 she joined the Department of Sociology, University of Southern Indiana as a research fellow, and a guest researcher of the NIH History Office. She is currently a visiting scholar at UCSB and ASU.

"Forming interdisciplinary expertise: one organization's journey on the road to translational nanomedicine". WIREs Nanomed Nanobiotechnol 2012. doi: 10.1002/wnan.1172

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Last updated: 31 May 2012
First published: 2 February 2005
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