Brandon Kramer (PhD, Rutgers University) is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Virginia's Biocomplexity Institute and Initiative. His research interests lie at the intersection of medical sociology, science & technology studies, computational social science, and social neuroscience.
Brandon's dissertation project, entitled Molecularization at the Intersections: Testosterone, Prostate Cancer and the Construction of Racial Difference, examines how testosterone has been used to racialize populations in biomedical research and the affect that this process has had on the construction of racial disparities in prostate cancer. More generally, Brandon is interested in studying the routinized (mis)use of race and sex/gender in the biomedical and genomic sciences through the use of computational methods.
In his work, Brandon incorporates a range of methods, including the use of descriptive, visual, and inferential techniques in social network analysis; the collection of biological markers like cortisol, testosterone, heart rate variability, and blood pressure; and more traditional qualitative methods like content analysis and interviews.