Dr. Megan J. Palmer’s is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University. Her works focuses on developing policies and practices for the responsible advancement of biotechnology. She founded and serves as Executive Director of the Synthetic Biology Leadership Excellence Accelerator Program (LEAP). She also serves as Director of Human Practices for the international Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition. Previously, Megan spent 5 years directing policy-related activities of a multi-university research center in synthetic biology. Megan holds a Ph.D. in Biological Engineering from MIT.