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Jesse Olszynko-Gryn

Chancellor's Fellow in History, University of Strathclyde

A historian of science, technology and medicine at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, I am co-lead on a UK-German collaborative research project investigating the contested use and regulation of drugs in pregnancy and the risk of birth defects since thalidomide. My first book will reconstruct the remarkable transformation of pregnancy testing from an esoteric laboratory tool to a commonplace of everyday life.


  • 2019–present
    Chancellor's Fellow, University of Strathclyde
  • 2015–2019
    Research Fellow, University of Cambridge
  • 2013–2015
    Research Associate, University of Cambridge


  • 2014 
    University of Cambridge, PhD History and Philosophy of Science
  • 2010 
    University of Cambridge, MPhil History and Philosophy of Science
  • 2006 
    McGill University, BSc Environment

Grants and Contracts

  • 2020
    Risky hormones, pregnant patients and the contested science of birth defects: the rise and fall of hormone pregnancy tests in the FRG and UK, 1950-81
    Funding Source:
  • 2015
    Pregnancy testing over the counter, in activism, and at home: Britain, c.1970-2015
    Funding Source:
    Wellcome Trust