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Meet the people of the Polis!

Bio.Polis is a growing community of faculty, staff, students, fellows, and other affiliates both within and beyond the university.


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Bio.Polis involves several overlapping communities. Below you'll find the people involved in the overall initiative leadership. You can also explore the people involved in other Bio.Polis-affiliated groups, including the Bio Policy & Practices Lab and the Bio Futures Fellows.

Executive Director

Bio.Polis is led by Dr. Megan J. Palmer. Dr. Palmer's formal training is in biological engineering, but she has spent the last decade focused on governance issues coupled with the science and engineering of living systems.

Faculty Steering Committee

The Faculty Steering Committee of Bio.Polis is composed of faculty who represent departments and other units that provide direct support to Bio.Polis.

Russ B. Altman

Kenneth Fong Professor and Professor of Bioengineering, of Genetics, of Medicine (General Medical Discipline), of Biomedical Data Science and, by courtesy, of Computer Science
Jennifer R. Cochran

Senior Associate Vice Provost for Research, Addie and Al Macovski Professor, Professor of Bioengineering and, by courtesy, of Chemical Engineering
Drew Endy

Associate Professor of Bioengineering
Rob Reich

Professor of Political Science, by courtesy, of Education and Senior Fellow, by courtesy, of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
David A. Relman

Thomas C. and Joan M. Merigan Professor and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology



Bio.Polis affiliates are varied in their roles, but all have partnered with us to support specific projects or are advancing aligned efforts within other organizations at Stanford and beyond. 

Paul N. Edwards

Director of the Program on Science, Technology & Society