Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society

Cristina Moreno Lozano

PhD candidate in Science and Technology Studies


Cristina Moreno Lozano is trained as an infectious disease scientist and medical anthropologist and is currently a PhD candidate in Science and Technology Studies. Her career and training speaks to a growing commitment to appreciate and understand how biomedicine, science and society intersect, particularly in what regards to infectious disease medicine, in our contemporary junctures of fast changing ecosystems of human and microbial social life.  

Since 2020, Cristina has been the managing editor at the flagship open-access journal Medicine Anthropology Theory (MAT), based at the Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology (EdCMA). She has also assisted several CBSS researchers on subjects related to COVID-19 and epidemiology. 


Cristina's PhD research focuses on antibiotic stewardship in the context of university teaching hospitals in democratic Spain (1970s-present). In this multi-sited ethnographic research, Cristina experiments with mixing ethnographic and historical methods. For instance, she uses the archive as an ethnographic device in hospital fieldwork. In this research project, she aims to explore how materials, infrastructures and labour are coordinated to implement these interventions in the hospital; how ‘resistant’ microbes emerge as knowledgeable and governable in and through antibiotic control programmes; and how health professionals embody the role of stewardship team members and bring forward the notion of ‘optimization’ in clinical medicine. This research is funded by an Alice Brown Fellowship of the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, a Saltire Early Career Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE, funded by the Scottish Government) and The Epidemy ERC project (PI, Lukas Engelmann). 


  • Investigating Science in Society, Tutor

  • History of Western Medicine, Tutor

  • Contagion, Tutor

  • Science, Nature and Environment, Tutor & Guest Lecturer

  • Science, Energy and Policy, Tutor

  • Social Dimensions of Systems and Synthetic Biology, Guest Lecturer