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Who did we work with?

Bio.Polis worked with several of groups across and beyond the Stanford campus. Here you can explore some of the different parts of our community.

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On Campus

We worked with several units and programs across the Stanford community.

Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Center for International Security and Cooperation

CISAC is Stanford University’s hub for researchers tackling some of the world's most pressing security and international cooperation issues.  We are guided by our longstanding belief that a commitment to rigorous scholarship, openness to new ideas, and lively intellectual exchange can spur the creation and spread of knowledge to help build a safer world.

Schools of Engineering & Medicine

Department of Bioengineering

Measure, Model, Make. A rapidly growing and ever-evolving field of study, bioengineering combines engineering and the life sciences in ways that advance scientific discovery, healthcare and medicine, manufacturing, agriculture, education and policy.

Presidential Initiative on Ethics, Society and Technology

Ethics, Society, and Technology Hub

The mission of the EST Hub is to deepen Stanford’s strength in ethics and generate a fundamental shift in how faculty, staff, and students, whatever their disciplinary home, choice of major, and career pathway, think about our role as enablers and shapers of scientific discovery and technological change in society.


McCoy Family Center for

Ethics in Society

The McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society is committed to bringing ethical reflection to bear on important social problems through research, teaching, and community engagement. Drawing on the established strengths of Stanford interdisplinary faculty, the Center develops initiatives with ethical dimensions that relate to pressing public problems.

Stanford Synthetic Biology

Synthetic Biology (SB) explores new forms of engagement with life and living systems. From molecular to ecological, cultural to political, SB is about understanding life's fundamental mysteries and translating knowledge to imagine a biotic civilization that flourishes in partnership with Earth. The Stanford Synthetic Biology community enables interdisciplinary activities, supporting an ecosystem of research and learning. Our holistic approach encompasses diverse areas of work, each exploring fundamental questions and possibilities with the ultimate desire of addressing societal needs.


Stanford Existential Risks Initiative

The Stanford Existential Risks Initiative (SERI) is a collaboration between Stanford faculty and students dedicated to mitigating global catastrophic risks, such as a pandemic or nuclear proliferation. Our goal is to foster engagement from Stanford community members to produce meaningful work aiming to preserve the future of humanity. We aim to provide skill, knowledge development, networking, and professional pathways for students interested in pursuing existential risk reduction.

Beyond Stanford

We worked with a number of different organizations beyond the university to advance our activities for global impact.

Engineering Biology Research Consortium

The Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) is a non-profit, public-private partnership dedicated to bringing together an inclusive community committed to advancing engineering biology to address national and global needs.

iGEM Foundation

International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition

The iGEM Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology, education and competition, and the development of an open community and collaboration. This is done by fostering an open, cooperative community and friendly competition. 

Nuclear Threat Initiative

Biological Policy and Programs Portfolio

NTI recognizes that threat reduction is a shared responsibility between governments and the private sector. We raise awareness, advocate for solutions, facilitate implementation of solutions, and foster new thinking about these challenges.

Berggruen Institute

Hosted by Drew Endy and Berggruen Fellow Gabriel Coren, an interdisciplinary working group exploring the relationship between the human and the earth -

World Economic Forum

Global Futures Council on Synthetic Biology

Dr. Palmer is serving as Co-Chair of the WEF Global Futures Council on Synthetic Biology to develop a narrative of the ideal future states of synthetic biology and a roadmap to ethically realizing those visions.

Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity

Located in Paris, The Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI) is co-constructing and sharing new ways of learning, teaching, conducting research, and mobilizing collective intelligence in the fields of life, learning, and digital sciences, in order to address the UN's sustainable development goals (SDGs).