Lijing’s research concerns the wide-ranging impact of the material and political uses of certain objects or organisms in the life sciences, especially how philosophical, cultural, and political meanings became etched into chosen research materials and how they shaped processes of knowledge production and development of disciplines and industries. At the Science History Institute her project focused on the development of aquaculture technology and industry in modern Asia and its environmental impacts.

Selected publications:

“The Socialist Origins of Artificial Carp Reproduction in Maoist China,” Science, Technology and Society 22, no. 1 (March 2017): 59–77.

“Retouching the Past with Living Things: Indigenous Species, Tradition, and Biological Research in Republican China, 1918−1937,” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 46, no. 2 (April 2016): 154–206.

With Hallam Stevens, “Chinese Biotech versus International Ethics? Accounting for the China-America CRISPR Ethical Divide.” BioSocieties 10 (2015): 483–488.

“IVF the Chinese Way: Zhang Lizhu and Post-Mao Human In Vitro Fertilization Research,” East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal 9, no. 1 (March 2015): 23–45.

“Causes of Aging Are Likely to Be Many: Robin Holliday and Changing Molecular Approaches to Cell Aging, 1963–1988,” Journal of the History of Biology 47, no. 4 (November 2014): 547–584.