Olsi Kusta

Olsi Kusta

PhD fellow

I have graduated from Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tirana, with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and sociology, specialized in the latter. As of 2019, I hold a master degree (MA) in science and technology studies (STS) from the University of Vienna. 

Primary fields of research

My main research interests focus on innovative and data-intensive technologies and their influence on clinical and biomedical settings, knowledge practices, and their impact on medical education. In my master thesis I have studied the impact of a virtual microscope in teaching histopathology courses at the Medical University of Graz, Austria.


Current research

My current PhD project explores the developments induced by the imaging and data-intensive technology, what is known as digital pathology, in diagnostic and knowledge practices regarding cancer diseases. The empirical approach that I adopt seeks to trace the collective practices involving digital pathology as an assemblage of technologies, practices, and actors. I engage with qualitative methods such as in-depth interviews with diverse stakeholders, observation of clinical and research settings, and document analysis of written materials from healthcare agencies and institutions. The purpose of this project is to understand the opportunities and challenges prompted by digital pathology through a critical study of its clinical and epistemological impact in cancer diagnostics and treatment.

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