(Virtual Fellow, 2021-22)
Bacteriophages and Antibiotics: The History of Cold War Politics of Antibiotic Resistance
Miriam F. Lipton is a Ph.D. candidate in History and Philosophy of Science at Oregon State University. Her dissertation, tentatively titled “Bacteriophages and Antibiotics: The History of Cold War Politics of Antibiotic Resistance,” explores the ways that U.S. and Soviet scientists treated bacterial infections amidst growing antibiotic resistance during the early part of the Cold War. Miriam will consult the Linda Hall Library’s vast collection of Soviet medical journals to gain a deeper understanding of the Soviet perspective on the treatment of bacterial infections during that era.
Miriam’s research has been funded in part through a W. Stull Holt Dissertation Fellowship from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, a Ph.D. Research Support Grant from the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy, a grant from the American Society for Legal History, and the Oregon SYLFF Award for International Research from the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund. Additionally, Miriam twice was awarded a U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship to study Russian in Russia and she has worked for the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health.