Joseph Osmundson - Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Joseph Osmundson

Joseph Osmundson is a scientist and writer.  He has a PhD in Molecular Biophysics from The Rockefeller University and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology at NYU.  His research focuses on protein structure and function and has been published in leading journals including Cell, The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Nature Structural and Molecular Biology.  His scholarly writing has considered the usefulness of biological understandings of sexuality in policy and law and how art can confront and disrupt historical and contemporary violence in the biomedical sciences.  His creative work – on bodies, queerness, race, geography – has been published in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Review of Books, The Village Voice, Guernica, Gawker, The Rumpus, Salon, and The Feminist Wire, where he is an Associate Editor. In 2020, he has been organizing with the COVID-19 Working Group – NY for a community-based and science-driven response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, and he’s a Scientific Advisor to Treatment Action Group (TAG) on issues of COVID-19 diagnostics, treatment, and drug and vaccine pipeline development.