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  • Megan J. Palmer

    Megan J. Palmer

    Adjunct Professor, Bioengineering

    BioDr. Megan J. Palmer is the Executive Director of Bio Policy & Leadership Initiatives at Stanford University. In this role, Dr. Palmer leads integrated research, teaching and engagement programs to explore how biological science and engineering is shaping our societies, and to guide innovation to serve public interests. Based in the Department of Bioengineering, where she is also an Adjunct Professor, she works closely both with groups across the university and with stakeholders in academia, government, industry and civil society around the world.

    In addition to fostering broader efforts, Dr. Palmer leads a focus area in biosecurity in partnership with the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford. Projects in this area examine how security is conceived and managed as biotechnology becomes increasingly accessible. Her current projects include assessing strategies for governing dual use research, analyzing the diffusion of safety and security norms and practices, and understanding the security implications of alternative technology design decisions.

    Dr. Palmer has created and led many programs aimed at developing and promoting best practices and policies for the responsible development of bioengineering. She currently co-chairs the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Synthetic Biology and in a member of the Council of the Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC). For the last ten years she has led programs in safety, security and social responsibility for the international Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition, which in 2019 involved over 6000 students in 353 teams from 48 countries. She also founded and serves as Executive Director of the Synthetic Biology Leadership Excellence Accelerator Program (LEAP), an international fellowship program in biotechnology leadership. She advises and works with many other organizations on their strategies for the responsible development of bioengineering, including serving on the board of directors of Revive & Restore, a nonprofit organization advancing biotechnologies for conservation.

    Previously, Megan was a Senior Research Scholar and William J. Perry Fellow in International Security at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), part of FSI, where she is now an affiliated researcher. She also spent five years as Deputy Director of Policy and Practices for the multi-university NSF Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (Synberc). She has previously held positions as a project scientist at the California Center for Quantitative Bioscience at the University of California Berkeley (where she was an affiliate of Lawrence Berkeley National Labs), and a postdoctoral scholar in the Bioengineering Department at Stanford University. Dr. Palmer received her Ph.D. in Biological Engineering from M.I.T. and a B.Sc.E. in Engineering Chemistry from Queen’s University, Canada.

  • Vishal Patil

    Vishal Patil

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Bioengineering

    BioVishal Patil is currently a Stanford Science Fellow at Stanford University. Incorporating ideas from mathematics to biology, his work aims to understand how topology and geometry can be used to organize and control soft matter systems. His current research at Stanford concerns adaptive, heterogeneous metamaterials, with a focus on understanding their capacity to exhibit self-learning behavior.

  • Matthew Petrucci

    Matthew Petrucci

    Research Engineer

    BioMatt is the Scientific Program Manager for the Mobilize and Restore Centers at Stanford University. He helps run the various scientific outreach and training programs of both centers. He is interested in combining biomechanical and neurophysiological tools to restore or rehabilitate human mobility and performance. His previous research has focused on cross-sectional, longitudinal, translational, and feasibility studies in people with Parkinson’s disease, people with multiple sclerosis, and firefighters. These studies included evaluating objective biomarkers of disease or performance, optimizing and evaluating novel treatments and interventions, developing real-time closed-loop algorithms, and clinical trials.

  • Mr Ryan K Pierce

    Mr Ryan K Pierce

    Adjunct Lecturer, Bioengineering

    BioRyan Pierce is a Lecturer in Bioengineering, and Co-Founder and CEO of Nine, a neonatal/maternal health technology company. He has served as VP of Design and Innovation at Ventus Medical, VP of Business Development at Loma Vista Medical, a healthcare investor at De Novo Ventures, and a product designer at Concentric Medical and The Foundry/Zephyr Medical. He is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Rock Health, a digital health seed fund. An inventor on 30 U.S. patents, he holds mechanical engineering degrees from MIT and Stanford, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

  • Grigore Pintilie

    Grigore Pintilie

    Research Scientist

    BioYork University, B.Sc. 1995-1999, Computer Science - Computer Graphics, HCI
    University of Toronto, M.Sc. 1999-2001, Computer Science, Computer Graphics
    Blueprint Initiative, 2001-2005 - Bioinformatics Research
    MIT, Ph.D. 2005-2011 - Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Biology - CryoEM map segmentation and fitting of atomic models
    Baylor College of Medicine 2011-2017 - Scientific Programmer - Cryo-EM map analysis and atomic modeling
    Stanford University 2017-present - Research Scientist - Cryo-EM map analysis and atomic modeling

  • Gordon Pipa

    Gordon Pipa

    Visiting Professor, Bioengineering

    BioGordon Pipa is a visiting Professor at Stanford. His research is focused on understanding the principles of neuronal coding and learning in spiking recurrent neuronal networks with the goal to enable building future neuromorphic AI systems. A main focus is on understanding the dendritic information processing in the context of the large spiking neuronal networks. In the past, he held position at the Max-Planck for Brain Research (Wolf Singer), MIT (Emery Brown), TU Berlin (Klaus Obermayer).

    He currently holds the following positions: Visiting Professor at Stanford, Bioengineering, Chair of the Neuroinformatics Dep., Institute of Cognitive Science at the Osnabrück University (Germany), Director of the Institute of Cognitive Science at the Osnabrück University (Germany), Fellow at the Frankfurt Institute of Advanced Studies (Germany)

  • Manu Prakash

    Manu Prakash

    Associate Professor of Bioengineering, Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and Associate Professor, by courtesy, of Biology

    BioWe use interdisciplinary approaches including theory and experiments to understand how computation is embodied in biological matter. Examples include cognition in single cell protists and morphological computing in animals with no neurons and origins of complex behavior in multi-cellular systems. Broadly, we invent new tools for studying non-model organisms with significant focus on life in the ocean - addressing fundamental questions such as how do cells sense pressure or gravity? Finally, we are dedicated towards inventing and distributing “frugal science” tools to democratize access to science (previous inventions used worldwide: Foldscope, Abuzz), diagnostics of deadly diseases like malaria and convening global citizen science communities to tackle planetary scale environmental challenges such as mosquito surveillance or plankton surveillance by citizen sailors mapping the ocean in the age of Anthropocene.