Megan J. Palmer

Professor of Molecular & Computational Biology Department of Biological Sciences,

Portrait photo: Megan J. Palmer

Dr. Megan J. Palmer is a Senior Research Scholar and William J. Perry Fellow in International Security 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. Dr. Palmer is also an investigator of the multi-university Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (Synberc), and director of Synbio LEAP, a synthetic biology fellowship program in its second cohort.

The question to ask of any new technology is whether it centralizes or distributes power.

“We do have to remember, that biology’s trying to kill you all the time, it’s incredibly cruel.”

“What is our role in engineering ourselves? How does it shape our identities and what it means to be human? What does it mean to engineer our environments?”