K.J. Surkan has a doctorate in English with a minor in Feminist Studies and is currently a lecturer in the Program in Women’s and Gender Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Surkan's research is primarily concerned with technologies of the (trans)gendered body and its representation in film, literature, and medical texts, particularly in relationship to questions of identity. Recent publications explore nonbinary gender identity as it relates to gendered medical environments and specifically reproductive technologies. An active participant in e-patient and online health-related social media groups, his current work is focused on intersections of social media and biomedical data management, particularly as it relates to genomic identity and precision medicine in hereditary cancer communities.