Dr Maureen O'Malley

ARC Future Fellow

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The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

I hold a Future Fellowship at the University of Sydney in the Department of Philosophy. I'm also associated with the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science. I'm working on philosophical issues in contemporary molecular life sciences. Before coming to Sydney in February 2011, I was a Senior Research Fellow at Egenis, the University of Exeter. Prior to that, I spent a few years in Ford Doolittle's evolutionary microbiology lab at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I did my PhD on evolutionary explanations in the social sciences and humanities at the Universities of Edinburgh and Sussex.

Research interests

  • Philosophy of microbiology
  • Philosophy of systems and synthetic biology
  • Philosophy of metagenomics
  • Philosophy of microbial phylogeny (especially in regard to the Tree of Life)
  • Philosophy of translational and integrative scientific practice

Other Publications

For edited special editions of journals, letters and encyclopaedia entries, book reviews and recent presentations please refer to www.maureenomalley.org for more information.

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2013

  • Microbiology and its transformation of biology; O'Malley M; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.

2011

  • Transitions and translations in post-genomic modes of scientific practice; O'Malley M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Future Fellowships (FT).

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Duncan, M., Bourrat, P., DeBerardinis, J., O'Malley, M. (2013). Small Things, Big Consequences: Microbiological Perspectives on Biology. In Kostas Kampourakis (Eds.), The Philosophy of Biology: A Companion for Educators, (pp. 373-394). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Dupre, J., O'Malley, M. (2013). Varieties of Living Things: Life at the Intersection of Lineage and Metabolism. In Sebastian Normandin, Charles T Wolfe (Eds.), Vitalism and the Scientific Image in Post-Enlightenment Life Science, 1800-2010, (pp. 311-343). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • O'Malley, M. (2012). Evolutionary Systems Biology: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on an Emerging Synthesis. In Orkun S. Soyer (Eds.), Evolutionary Systems Biology, (pp. 1-28). New York, United States: Springer.
  • Dupre, J., O'Malley, M. (2012). Metagenomics and Biological Ontology. In John Dupre (Eds.), Processes of Life: Essays in the Philosophy of Biology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Dupre, J., O'Malley, M. (2012). Size Doesn’t Matter: Towards a More Inclusive Philosophy of Biology. In John Dupre (Eds.), Processes of Life: Essays in the Philosophy of Biology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • O'Malley, M. (2010). Construction and deconstruction: The influence of lateral gene transfer on the evolution of the Tree of Life. In Aharon Oren and R. Thane Papke (Eds.), Molecular Phylogeny of Microorganisms, (pp. 151-166). Norwich: Caister Academic Press.
  • O'Malley, M., Dupre, J. (2010). Philosophical themes in metagenomics. In Diana Marco (Eds.), Metagenomics:Theory, Methods and Applications, (pp. 183-207). Norwich: Caister Academic Press.
  • Dupre, J., O'Malley, M. (2009). The Metagenomic World-View: A Comment on Eric T. Juengst's 'Metagenomic Metaphors'. In Drenthen, Martin A. M.; Keulartz, F.W. Jozef; Proctor, James (Eds.), New Visions of Nature, (pp. 147-154). New York and London: Springer.
  • O'Malley, M. (2007). Evolutionary approaches in the social sciences. In W. Outhwaite and S. P. Turner (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Social Science Methodology, (pp. 333-357). London: Sage Publications.

Journals

  • O'Malley, M. (2014). Exemplary philosophy of science: How to do it. Essay review of Fagan MB (2013), Philosophy of Stem Cell Biology: Knowledge in Flesh and Blood. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 45(1), 149-152. [More Information]
  • Evans, M., Grimm, V., Johst, K., Knuuttila, T., de Langhe, R., Lessells, C., Merz, M., O'Malley, M., Orzack, S., Weisberg, M., et al (2013). Do simple models lead to generality in ecology? Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 28(10), 578-583. [More Information]
  • Soyer, O., O'Malley, M. (2013). Evolutionary systems biology: What it is and why it matters. BioEssays, 35(8), 696-705. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M. (2013). Philosophy and the microbe: a balancing act. Biology and Philosophy, 28(2), 153-159. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M., Simpson, A., Roger, A. (2013). The other eukaryotes in light of evolutionary protistology. Biology and Philosophy, 28(2), 299-330. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M. (2013). When integration fails: Prokaryote phylogeny and the tree of life. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 44(4), 551-562. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M., Soyer, O. (2012). The roles of integration in molecular systems biology. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 43(1), 58-68. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M. (2011). Constructive Personalized Medicine: The Potential Integration of Synthetic Biology and Personalized Medicine. Current Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine, 9(3), 177-183. [More Information]
  • Grote, M., O'Malley, M. (2011). Enlightening the life sciences: the history of halobacterial and microbial rhodopsin research. FEMS Microbiology Reviews, 35(6), 1082-1099. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M. (2011). Exploration, iterativity and kludging in synthetic biology. Academie des Sciences. Comptes Rendus. Chimie.
  • O'Malley, M., Koonin, E. (2011). How stands the Tree of Life a century and a half after The Origin? Biology Direct, 6(32), 1-21. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M., Stotz, K. (2011). Intervention, integration and translation in obesity research: Genetic, developmental and metaorganismal approaches. Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine, 6, 1-14. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M., Leonelli, S. (2011). The scientific importance of asking questions at meetings: Why virtual debate is not enough. BioEssays, 33(1), 35-37. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M. (2010). Ernst Mayr, the Tree of Life, and philosophy of biology. Biology and Philosophy, 25(4), 529-552. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M., Elliott, K., Burian, R. (2010). From genetic to genomic regulation: Iterativity in microRNA research. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 41(4), 407-417. [More Information]
  • Grote, M., O'Malley, M. (2010). History of science is good for you. Nature Reviews Microbiology. [More Information]
  • Haufe, C., Elliott, K., Burian, R., O'Malley, M. (2010). Machine science: what's missing. Science.
  • O'Malley, M., Müller-Wille, S. (2010). The cell as nexus: Connections between the history, philosophy and science of cell biology. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 41(3), 169-171. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M. (2010). The first eukaryote cell: an unfinished history of contestation. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 41(3), 212-224. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M., Martin, W., Dupre, J. (2010). The Tree of Life: Introduction to an evolutionary debate. Biology and Philosophy, 25(1), 441-453. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M. (2009). Making knowledge in synthetic biology: Design meets kludge. Biological Theory, 4(4), 378-389. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M., Elliott, K., Haufe, C., Burian, R. (2009). Philosophies of Funding. Cell, 138(4), 611-615. [More Information]
  • Bapteste, E., O'Malley, M., Beiko, R., Ereshefsky, M., Gogarten, J., Franklin-Hall, L., Lapointe, F., Dupre, J., Dagan, T., Boucher, Y., et al (2009). Prokaryotic evolution and the tree of life are two different things. Biology Direct, 4(34), 34-54. [More Information]
  • Dupre, J., O'Malley, M. (2009). Varieties Of Living Things: Life At The Intersection Of Lineage And Metabolism. Philosophy and Theory in Biology, 1(1). [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M. (2009). What did Darwin say about microbes, and how did microbiology respond? Trends in Microbiology, 17(8), 341-347. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M. (2008). Everything is everywhere: but the environment selects': Ubiquitous distribution and ecological determinism in microbial biogeography. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 39(3), 314-325. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M., Powell, A., Davies, J., Calvert, J. (2008). Knowledge-making distinctions in synthetic biology. BioEssays, 30(1), 57-65. [More Information]
  • Powell, A., O'Malley, M., Müller-Wille, S., Calvert, J., Dupre, J. (2007). Disciplinary baptisms: A comparison of the naming stories of genetics, molecular biology, genomics and systems biology. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 29(1), 5-32. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M. (2007). Exploratory experimentation and scientific practice: Metagenomics and the proteorhodopsin case. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 29(3), 335-358. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M., Dupre, J. (2007). Introduction: Towards a philosophy of microbiology. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 38(3), 775-779. [More Information]
  • Dupre, J., O'Malley, M. (2007). Metagenomics and biological ontology. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 38(4), 834-846. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M., Dupre, J. (2007). Size doesn't matter: towards a more inclusive philosophy of biology. Biology and Philosophy, 22(1), 155-191. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M. (2007). The nineteenth-century roots of 'Everything is everywhere'. Nature Reviews Microbiology, 5(1), 647-651. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M., Calvert, J., Dupre, J. (2007). The study of socioethical issues in systems biology. The American Journal of Bioethics, 7(4), 67-78. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M., Dupre, J. (2005). Fundamental issues in systems biology. BioEssays, 27(12), 1270-1276. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M., Boucher, Y. (2005). Paradigm change in evolutionary microbiology. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 36(1), 183-208. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M., Bostanci, A., Calvert, J. (2005). Whole genome patenting. Nature Reviews Genetics, 6(6), 502-506. [More Information]

2014

  • O'Malley, M. (2014). Exemplary philosophy of science: How to do it. Essay review of Fagan MB (2013), Philosophy of Stem Cell Biology: Knowledge in Flesh and Blood. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 45(1), 149-152. [More Information]

2013

  • Evans, M., Grimm, V., Johst, K., Knuuttila, T., de Langhe, R., Lessells, C., Merz, M., O'Malley, M., Orzack, S., Weisberg, M., et al (2013). Do simple models lead to generality in ecology? Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 28(10), 578-583. [More Information]
  • Soyer, O., O'Malley, M. (2013). Evolutionary systems biology: What it is and why it matters. BioEssays, 35(8), 696-705. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M. (2013). Philosophy and the microbe: a balancing act. Biology and Philosophy, 28(2), 153-159. [More Information]
  • Duncan, M., Bourrat, P., DeBerardinis, J., O'Malley, M. (2013). Small Things, Big Consequences: Microbiological Perspectives on Biology. In Kostas Kampourakis (Eds.), The Philosophy of Biology: A Companion for Educators, (pp. 373-394). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • O'Malley, M., Simpson, A., Roger, A. (2013). The other eukaryotes in light of evolutionary protistology. Biology and Philosophy, 28(2), 299-330. [More Information]
  • Dupre, J., O'Malley, M. (2013). Varieties of Living Things: Life at the Intersection of Lineage and Metabolism. In Sebastian Normandin, Charles T Wolfe (Eds.), Vitalism and the Scientific Image in Post-Enlightenment Life Science, 1800-2010, (pp. 311-343). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • O'Malley, M. (2013). When integration fails: Prokaryote phylogeny and the tree of life. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 44(4), 551-562. [More Information]

2012

  • O'Malley, M. (2012). Evolutionary Systems Biology: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on an Emerging Synthesis. In Orkun S. Soyer (Eds.), Evolutionary Systems Biology, (pp. 1-28). New York, United States: Springer.
  • Dupre, J., O'Malley, M. (2012). Metagenomics and Biological Ontology. In John Dupre (Eds.), Processes of Life: Essays in the Philosophy of Biology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Dupre, J., O'Malley, M. (2012). Size Doesn’t Matter: Towards a More Inclusive Philosophy of Biology. In John Dupre (Eds.), Processes of Life: Essays in the Philosophy of Biology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • O'Malley, M., Soyer, O. (2012). The roles of integration in molecular systems biology. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 43(1), 58-68. [More Information]

2011

  • O'Malley, M. (2011). Constructive Personalized Medicine: The Potential Integration of Synthetic Biology and Personalized Medicine. Current Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine, 9(3), 177-183. [More Information]
  • Grote, M., O'Malley, M. (2011). Enlightening the life sciences: the history of halobacterial and microbial rhodopsin research. FEMS Microbiology Reviews, 35(6), 1082-1099. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M. (2011). Exploration, iterativity and kludging in synthetic biology. Academie des Sciences. Comptes Rendus. Chimie.
  • O'Malley, M., Koonin, E. (2011). How stands the Tree of Life a century and a half after The Origin? Biology Direct, 6(32), 1-21. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M., Stotz, K. (2011). Intervention, integration and translation in obesity research: Genetic, developmental and metaorganismal approaches. Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine, 6, 1-14. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M., Leonelli, S. (2011). The scientific importance of asking questions at meetings: Why virtual debate is not enough. BioEssays, 33(1), 35-37. [More Information]

2010

  • O'Malley, M. (2010). Construction and deconstruction: The influence of lateral gene transfer on the evolution of the Tree of Life. In Aharon Oren and R. Thane Papke (Eds.), Molecular Phylogeny of Microorganisms, (pp. 151-166). Norwich: Caister Academic Press.
  • O'Malley, M. (2010). Ernst Mayr, the Tree of Life, and philosophy of biology. Biology and Philosophy, 25(4), 529-552. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M., Elliott, K., Burian, R. (2010). From genetic to genomic regulation: Iterativity in microRNA research. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 41(4), 407-417. [More Information]
  • Grote, M., O'Malley, M. (2010). History of science is good for you. Nature Reviews Microbiology. [More Information]
  • Haufe, C., Elliott, K., Burian, R., O'Malley, M. (2010). Machine science: what's missing. Science.
  • O'Malley, M., Dupre, J. (2010). Philosophical themes in metagenomics. In Diana Marco (Eds.), Metagenomics:Theory, Methods and Applications, (pp. 183-207). Norwich: Caister Academic Press.
  • O'Malley, M., Müller-Wille, S. (2010). The cell as nexus: Connections between the history, philosophy and science of cell biology. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 41(3), 169-171. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M. (2010). The first eukaryote cell: an unfinished history of contestation. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 41(3), 212-224. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M., Martin, W., Dupre, J. (2010). The Tree of Life: Introduction to an evolutionary debate. Biology and Philosophy, 25(1), 441-453. [More Information]

2009

  • O'Malley, M. (2009). Making knowledge in synthetic biology: Design meets kludge. Biological Theory, 4(4), 378-389. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M., Elliott, K., Haufe, C., Burian, R. (2009). Philosophies of Funding. Cell, 138(4), 611-615. [More Information]
  • Bapteste, E., O'Malley, M., Beiko, R., Ereshefsky, M., Gogarten, J., Franklin-Hall, L., Lapointe, F., Dupre, J., Dagan, T., Boucher, Y., et al (2009). Prokaryotic evolution and the tree of life are two different things. Biology Direct, 4(34), 34-54. [More Information]
  • Dupre, J., O'Malley, M. (2009). The Metagenomic World-View: A Comment on Eric T. Juengst's 'Metagenomic Metaphors'. In Drenthen, Martin A. M.; Keulartz, F.W. Jozef; Proctor, James (Eds.), New Visions of Nature, (pp. 147-154). New York and London: Springer.
  • Dupre, J., O'Malley, M. (2009). Varieties Of Living Things: Life At The Intersection Of Lineage And Metabolism. Philosophy and Theory in Biology, 1(1). [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M. (2009). What did Darwin say about microbes, and how did microbiology respond? Trends in Microbiology, 17(8), 341-347. [More Information]

2008

  • O'Malley, M. (2008). Everything is everywhere: but the environment selects': Ubiquitous distribution and ecological determinism in microbial biogeography. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 39(3), 314-325. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M., Powell, A., Davies, J., Calvert, J. (2008). Knowledge-making distinctions in synthetic biology. BioEssays, 30(1), 57-65. [More Information]

2007

  • Powell, A., O'Malley, M., Müller-Wille, S., Calvert, J., Dupre, J. (2007). Disciplinary baptisms: A comparison of the naming stories of genetics, molecular biology, genomics and systems biology. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 29(1), 5-32. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M. (2007). Evolutionary approaches in the social sciences. In W. Outhwaite and S. P. Turner (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Social Science Methodology, (pp. 333-357). London: Sage Publications.
  • O'Malley, M. (2007). Exploratory experimentation and scientific practice: Metagenomics and the proteorhodopsin case. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 29(3), 335-358. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M., Dupre, J. (2007). Introduction: Towards a philosophy of microbiology. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 38(3), 775-779. [More Information]
  • Dupre, J., O'Malley, M. (2007). Metagenomics and biological ontology. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 38(4), 834-846. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M., Dupre, J. (2007). Size doesn't matter: towards a more inclusive philosophy of biology. Biology and Philosophy, 22(1), 155-191. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M. (2007). The nineteenth-century roots of 'Everything is everywhere'. Nature Reviews Microbiology, 5(1), 647-651. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M., Calvert, J., Dupre, J. (2007). The study of socioethical issues in systems biology. The American Journal of Bioethics, 7(4), 67-78. [More Information]

2005

  • O'Malley, M., Dupre, J. (2005). Fundamental issues in systems biology. BioEssays, 27(12), 1270-1276. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M., Boucher, Y. (2005). Paradigm change in evolutionary microbiology. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 36(1), 183-208. [More Information]
  • O'Malley, M., Bostanci, A., Calvert, J. (2005). Whole genome patenting. Nature Reviews Genetics, 6(6), 502-506. [More Information]

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