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Meet the people of the Polis!

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


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

Executive Director

Bio.Polis was 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 was composed of faculty who represented departments and other units that provided direct support to Bio.Polis.

Russ B. Altman

Kenneth Fong Professor and Professor of Bioengineering, of Genetics, of Medicine, of Biomedical Data Science, and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for HAI
Jennifer R. Cochran

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

Associate Professor of Bioengineering and Senior Fellow, by courtesy, at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Rob Reich

McGregor-Girand Professor of Social Ethics of Science and Technology, Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for HAI, Professor, by courtesy, of Education, of Philosophy and Senior Fellow, by courtesy, at FSI
David A. Relman

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



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

Paul N. Edwards

Director of the Program on Science, Technology & Society