Megan J. Palmer is a scientist and engineer turned policy wonk who is fascinated by biological systems from molecular to social scales. She is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation(CISAC) at Stanford University where she leads a research and practice program on international biotechnology governance. She also founded and is executive director of SynbioLEAP, an international fellowship program in biotechnology leadership, and helps lead the Human Practices and Safety programs of the iGEM Competition. Megan spent 5 years leading the Policy and Practices portfolio of the multi-university NSF Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (Synberc), and has advised numerous academic, civil society, government and industry organizations on their approaches to the responsible development of emerging technologies.
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