David Bacon Distinguished Speaker Series

Posted on April 12, 2017

Megan Palmer will be presenting "Engineering biology from molecular to social scales" for our inaugural David Bacon Distinguished Speaker Series event.

Dr. Megan J. Palmer is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University. She leads a research program focused on risk governance in biotechnology and other emerging technologies. Previously, Dr. Palmer directed a policy-related research program for a multi-university research center in synthetic biology, including leading projects in safety and security, property rights, and community organization and governance. She was has also held positions as a research scientist at the California Center for Quantitative Bioscience at UC Berkeley, and an affiliate of Lawrence Berkeley National Labs.

Dr. Palmer has created and led many programs aimed at developing and promoting best practices and policies for the responsible development of biotechnology. She founded and serves as Executive Director of the Synthetic Biology Leadership Excellence Accelerator Program (LEAP), an international fellowship program in responsible biotechnology leadership. She also leads programs in safety and responsible innovation for the international Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition, which last year involved over 5000 students in 300 teams from 42 countries. Dr. Palmer advises a diversity of organizations on their approach to policy issues in biotechnology, including serving on the board of the synthetic biology program of the Joint Genomics Institute (JGI).

Dr. Palmer holds a Ph.D. in Biological Engineering from MIT, and was a postdoctoral scholar in the Bioengineering Department at Stanford University. She received a B.Sc.E. in Engineering Chemistry from Queen’s University, Canada.

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