Marisa Bass (Washington University in Saint Louis)
Marisa Bass is Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis and a specialist in Renaissance art of northern Europe,with a particular focus on art produced in the sixteenth-century Low Countries. Her first book, The Embodied Past: Jan Gossart and the Invention of Netherlandish Antiquity, is currently in press. Her publications include articles in Simiolus and the Journal of the Warburg & Courtauld Institutes. She is also co-curating an exhibition on the prints after Hieronymus Bosch, with accompanying catalogue, which will open in April 2015. Her research interests widely address intersections between Renaissance art and intellectual endeavor, including the representation of the body at the crossroads of medical and courtly culture, and the engagement with naturalist study by the Netherlandish artist Joris Hoefnagel and other members of his circle.
Andrea Carlino (University of Geneva)
Andrea Carlino teaches history of medicine at the University of Geneva. In the field of the history of anatomy and of scientific visual culture he has published Books of the Body. Anatomical Ritual and Renaissance Learning (Chicago and London 1999), Paper Bodies. A Catalogue of Anatomical Fugitive Sheets (1538-1687) (London 1999) and, with Deanna Petherbridge and Claude Ritschard, the catalogue of the exhibition Corps à vif. Art et Anatomie (Geneva 1998). His research is now mainly focused on the relationship of language, literature and medicine, namely on the humanist foundations of scientific culture, as well as on literary practices and techniques in Early Modern Science and Medicine on which he has edited, with Alexandre Wenger, Littérature et médecine. Approches et perspectives (XVIe-XIXe siècles) (Geneva 2007), with Michel Jeanneret, Vulgariser la médecine: Ecrivains, styles et publics en France et en Italie (XVI et XVII siècles) (Geneva 2008) and is curently preparing a book on The Language of Medicine. Cultural distinction, professional conflicts, and social criticism in Early Modern Italy and France.
Joanna Ebenstein (Morbid Anatomy Museum)
Joanna Ebenstein is a New York based artist, event producer, curator and independent scholar. She is the creative director of the new Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, and creator of the Morbid Anatomy Blog and Library. She is co-author (and featured photographer) of Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy, with Dr. Pat Morris; co-editor of The Morbid Anatomy Anthology; and contributor to Medical Museums: Past, Present, Future (edited by Samuel J M M Alberti and Elizabeth Hallam, 2013) She acted as curatorial consultant on the Wellcome Collection's "Exquisite Bodies" exhibition (2009) and has also worked with such institutions as The Wellcome Collection, The New York Academy of Medicine, The Dittrick Museum and The Vrolik Museum. Her photography and writing have been exhibited and published internationally, and she lectures regularly around the world at a variety of popular and academic venues. You can find out more at
Stephen N. Joffe (Retired Professor of Surgery and Medicine)
Stephen N. Joffe, BSc, MB.ChB, MD, FACS, FCS (SA), FRCS (Edinburgh), FRCS (Glasgow), is past Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of LCA-Vision. The public company (LCAV) grew over a ten year period to $ 1.2 billion in valuation. He was the founder of the Company’s corporate predecessor, Laser Centers of America, Inc., and served as its Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer from its forming in 1985 until its merger into the Company in 1995. Stephen Joffe was also founder and Chairman of Surgical Laser Technologies, Inc. He is presently the Chief Executive Officer of the Joffe Foundation, a non-profit charity and Co-Chairman of Joffe LLC, a healthcare services company. In addition, Stephen is an Esteemed Quondam Professor of Surgery at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, a position he has held since 1990. He has held faculty appointments at the Universities of London, Glasgow and Cincinnati, and holds fellowships of the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Glasgow. He has published 180 articles in peer reviewed and scientific journals and 40 chapters for books, including being author and editor of nine books on lasers and their application to medicine and surgery and also on the life of Vesalius. He is a collector of antiquarian books with an emphasis on the early anatomists.
Cynthia Klestinec (University of Miami-Ohio)
Cynthia Klestinec received her PhD from the University of Chicago in Comparative Literature. She has received fellowships for her research from the American Association of University Women, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Harvard (Villa i Tatti), the NEH, and the ALCS. She has published several articles on the history of anatomy, dissection and medicine, in addition to her book, Theaters of Anatomy: Students, Teachers, and Traditions of Dissection in Renaissance Venice (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011). She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Miami University, Ohio.
Daniel Garrison (Emeritus-Northwestern University)
AB Harvard 1959, MA Chapel Hill 1963, PhD Berkeley 1968
Professor of Classics, Northwestern University, September 1966 - August 2011; Professor Emeritus since August 2011
Until the early 1990s, I taught Greek and Roman history and literature, publishing books on the Hellenistic love epigram, Virgil, Horace, Catullus, and Greek sexual culture. I also took time to write Who's Who in Wodehouse (Peter Lang, 1987). Second edition: New York: International Polygonics, 1989. Beginning with "Andreas Vesalius on the Larynx and Hyoid Bone" (with M.H. Hast), Medical History 37.1 (January 1993), 3-36., my research concentrated on translating and annotating Vesalius' De humani corporis fabrica (1543, 1555), published October 2013 in two volumes by Karger Publishers in Basel. This was followed by Vesalius' Epistle on the China Root, Summer 2014, Cambridge University Press.
Glenn Harcourt (Independent Scholar/Art Critic)
Glenn Harcourt is an independent scholar and contributor to the contemporary art journal, X-TRA, in Los Angeles. He earned a PhD in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the recipient of a grant from the Wood Institute at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia to work on a "double biography" of one of the Mutter Museum's most popular specimens of pathological anatomy: an achondroplastic dwarf and former brothel employee, Mary Ashberry, who died following complications attendant on a difficult birth in 1856. Dr. Harcourt is the author of numerous articles, including "Andreas Vesalius and the Anatomy of Antique Sculpture," [Representations 17 (1987): 28-61].
Malcolm Hast (Emeritus-Northwestern University)
Malcolm Howard Hast is Professor Emeritus of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and also past Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology (Anatomy) at Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as a Fellow of the Anatomical Society (U.K.). He is a recipient of The Gould International Award for research in Laryngology and a NATO Senior Fellowship in Science to the University of Oxford, England. Publications include numerous articles on the neuromuscular physiology and anatomy of the larynx. His current research is at the Field Museum of Natural History on the comparative anatomy of the mammalian larynx.
R. Gilbert Jost (Washington University in Saint Louis School of Medicine)
R. Gilbert Jost completed his training in Radiology at Washington University and joined the faculty in 1975. He was named Professor and Head of Diagnostic Radiology in 1985. From 1999 until October, 2014 he served as the Elizabeth Mallinckrodt Professor and Head of the Department of Radiology at Washington University and as Director of the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology. His academic interests have focused on computer applications in medical imaging and the transformation of Radiology from a film based specialty to one based on digital imaging.
Sachiko Kusukawa (Trinity College, University of Cambridge)
Sachiko Kusukawa is Tutor and Fellow in History and Philosophy of Science at Trinity College, Cambridge. She was educated in England, Germany and Japan, and has held visiting posts at the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton, the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, the University of Tokyo and the Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Her research focuses on the role of images in historical scientific books and she is author of Picturing the Book of Nature: Image, Text, and Argument in Sixteenth-century Human Anatomy and Medical Botany (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012). She has recently curated a digital exhibition on Vesalius at Cambridge University Library:
Rebecca Messbarger (Washington University in Saint Louis)
Rebecca Messbarger is Professor of Italian, History, and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Washington University, specializing in the Italian Enlightenment. Her books include The Lady Anatomist: The Life and Work of Anna Morandi Manzolini (U. of Chicago Press, 2010), finalist for the 2012 College Art Association Charles Rufus Morey Award; The Century of Women: Representations of Women in Eighteenth-Century Italian Public Discourse (U. of Toronto Press, 2002); and she was coeditor and translator with Paula Findlen of The Contest for Knowledge: Debates over Women's Learning in Eighteenth-Century Italy (U. of Chicago Press, 2005). She is currently writing a book on the Florentine Enlightenment and co-editing with Christopher Johns and Philip Gavitt the volume Benedict XIV and the Enlightenment: Art, Science and Spirituality (forthcoming U. of Toronto Press). She is the author of numerous articles, including "The Re-birth of Venus in Florence's Royal Museum of Physics and Natural History," in The Oxford Journal of the History of Collections (May 2012), which won both the James L. Clifford Prize from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Percy Adams Prize from the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
Pascale Pollier (BIOMAB)
A Belgian National, Pascale studied fine art and painting in St Lucas art school in Ghent, Belgium and subsequently postgraduate training with the Medical Artists Association, London UK. She is president and co-founder of BIOMAB (Biological and Medical Art in Belgium) In 2010 the international collaboration program "Art Researches Science" was created, organizing exhibitions, dissection drawing classes, collaborative art/science projects, symposiums and conferences. She is an external examiner for the medical art course at The Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification, University of Dundee. She is President of the AEIMS (Association Europeenes des Illustrateurs Medicaux et Scientifiques) She works and lives in London as a self-employed artist “artem-medicalis.” Pascale’s work attempts to capture the point where art and science meld. Her inspiration is drawn from observing the internal and external human body in all its diversity, life and nature in all its beauty, strength, fragility, disease, mortality, immortality and death.
Michael Sappol (National Library of Medicine)
Michael Sappol is a historian in the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine (National Institutes of Health). His scholarly work focuses on the body; and the history of anatomy, death, medical film, medical illustration and medical exhibition. He is the author of A Traffic of Dead Bodies (2002) and Dream Anatomy (2006), and editor of Hidden Treasure (Blast, 2012). His current book project, almost complete, is How to Get Modern With Scientific Illustration. A full CV and links to PDFs of selected works can be found at He currently lives in Washington, DC.
Jonathan Sawday (Saint Louis University)
Jonathan Sawday, PhD, is Chair of the English Department at Saint Louis University where he also holds the Walter J. Ong, S. J. Chair in the Humanities. He studied English at Queen Mary College (University of London) and at University College London. Prior to his appointment at SLU in 2009 he held positions at Strathclyde University in Glasgow (UK), the University of Southampton (UK), the University of St. Andrews (UK), and University College Cork (Ireland). His books include: (co-edited with Thomas Healy), Literature and the English Civil War (Cambridge UP, 1990); (co-edited with Neil Rhodes), The Renaissance Computer: Knowledge Technology in the First Age of Print (Routledge, 2000); Engines of the Imagination: Renaissance Culture and the Rise of the Machine (Routledge, 2007). His book, The Body Emblazoned: Dissection and the Human Body in Renaissance Culture (Routledge, 1995) has been recognized as an important contribution to the inter-disciplinary study of literature, the visual arts, and the history of science in the early-modern period. Sawday has held awards, fellowships, and visiting positions in the United States (Fulbright Award; Myers Foundation Fellowship at the Huntington Library; Rutgers University); Russia (Institue for the Advanced Study of the Humanities, Moscow), and the UK (British Academy; British Council, Arts and Humanities Research Council). He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (London), the English Association (London), and the Royal Society for the Arts (London). Currently he is working on a history of blank space in the Renaissance, and he is completing a smaller project on the Bahamas in the mid-17th century.
Suzanne Karr Schmidt (Art Institute of Chicago)
Suzanne Karr Schmidt is Assistant Curator in Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago. She wrote her Yale University Ph.D on the Renaissance Pop-Up Book, and continues investigating the interactive and material properties of printed images from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries, especially those with religious or scientific importance. Ones with anatomical flaps and lottery dials, or do-it-yourself kits are a plus. Her digital exploits include digitizing unique books from the Chicago collections and blogging about unusual art. Recent exhibition catalogues include Altered and Adorned: Using Renaissance Prints in Daily Life (Art Institute of Chicago, 2011) and Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe (Harvard Art Museums, 2011). Her upcoming exhibition, Burnishing the Night: Baroque to Contemporary Mezzotints from the Collection, which includes Gautier D'Agoty studies of severed body parts in lurid, varnished color, opens at the Art Institute in February 2015.
Solomon Segal (Saint Louis University)
Dr. Solomon Segal is an Associate Professor of Anatomy in Surgery at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. A neurosurgeon by training, Dr. Segal has taught Anatomy and Neuroanatomy since 1994. Early in his teaching career Dr. Segal directed the Practical Anatomy and Surgical Technique Workshop of Saint Louis (currently PACE/SLUSOM). He held faculty appointments at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and New York University School of Medicine in New York. Dr. Segal received advanced research training at Columbia University Department of Psychiatry and has been faculty at Saint Louis University since 2009. His research interests focus on the structure of the brain, particularly the white matter and connectome. Additional scholarly interests focus on the Medical Humanities, Medical Education, Mental Health, Neuroscience and Psychoanalysis. Dr. Segal has several publications in neuroanatomy, neuroimaging, brain aging and dementias, history of neuroscience and neuromodulation.
Gregory Smith (Saint Louis University)
Dr. Gregory Smith is an Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at Saint Louis University. He teaches classes in histology, anatomy and surgery, and he built and maintains a surgical skills laboratory at the SLU School of Medicine. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles.