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Organizing Team

Callie Chappell

Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University 

Callie (pronouns: they/them) developed a passion for biology, art, and culture growing up on the shores of Lake Michigan. Now, they are a scientist, community bio-artist and policy researcher as a Biosecurity Innovation Fellow at Stanford’s Center for International Security & Cooperation. Callie’s work centers identity and culture in the practice of art and science. During their PhD in Biology, Callie studied how genetic variation in environmental microbes influence how ecological communities change over time. Additionally, they developed art/science experiences with youth that inspire artistic expression with biology (BioJam). You can find Callie growing sculptures out of mycelium, eating fruits, and foraging. 

David Sun Kong

Community Biotechnology Initiative, MIT Media Lab

David (pronouns: he/him) is a synthetic biologist, bio designer, community organizer, musician, and photographer based in Lexington, MA. He is the Director of the MIT Media Lab's Community Biotechnology Initiative. His research explores the multidisciplinary domains of synthetic biologly, biological design and art, collective intelligence and movement building, and STEAM learning. David has also worked as a community organizer for more than a decade and is the founder of EMW, an art, technology, and community space in Cambridge, MA. David is also a DJ, beat-boxer, vocalist, rapper, producer, and photographer. 

Drew Endy

Department of Bioengineering, Hoover Institution, and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University

Drew (pronouns: he/him) studies synthetic biology and teaches bioengineering. His goals are civilization-scale flourishing and a renewal of liberal democracy. Prof. Endy helped launch new undergraduate majors in bioengineering at both MIT and Stanford and also the iGEM — a global genetic-engineering “Olympics” enabling thousands of students annually. His past students lead various companies. He is married to Dr. Christina Smolke, CEO of Antheia. Endy has served on the US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), the Committee on Science Technology & Law (CSTL), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Synthetic Biology Task Force, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Advisory Committee on Variola Virus Research, and, briefly, the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Board (DIB). Esquire magazine recognized Drew as one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century.

Ana Paulina Quiroz

Political Science Undergraduate, Stanford University

Before setting sights on law school, Ana (pronouns: she/her) had been enthralled with the symbiotic relationship between humans and nature. She saw the great co-dependence between communities and their biological environment after spending a summer conducting research with the Bayview Hunters Point Community Advocates (BVHP) focusing on environmental justice and the long-term effects of environmental racism. Now, she has chosen to join BIO4E to continue developing their research skills. Taking a biosecurity lens, she hopes to participate in a project meant to empower her Latine community to pursue any biological career aspiration they may have. Passionate about community service and the law, she also interns at the San Mateo Family Law Facilitator Office assisting individuals with family law matters. In her free time, Ana will probably be exploring a new hiking trail or wandering around the concrete jungle.

Kevin Cordero

Bioengineering Undergraduate, Stanford University

Kevin (pronouns: he/him) is a second-year undergraduate student at Stanford University studying bioengineering. His interest in biology sprouted due to his great grandmother, who was a gardener and passed her wisdom and appreciation down to him. After his time here, Kevin hopes to pursue an MD/PhD dual degree with a specific interest in neurosurgery. He joined the Petritsch lab in September of 2023 and has been helping to explore the therapeutic potential of the BRAF V600E peptide vaccine in inhibiting glioma formation and modulating immune response in a novel high-grade glioma mouse model. Additionally, Kevin enjoys visual arts, dance, music, and theater.

Angel Millard-Bruzos

Electrical Engineering Undergraduate, Stanford University

Angel (pronouns: he/him) is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Stanford University studying Electrical Engineering. Angel holds a wide range of skills focusing on the implementation of design and engineering principles, including computer-aided design, programming, 3D prototyping, and circuit design. He is interested in the intersection of electrical and mechanical engineering, including fields that relate to mechatronics, digital systems, and human-centered design. On any given day, you can find Angel practicing basketball, watching movies, or playing video games.

Advisory Board

Justice Walker

Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at El Paso College of Education

Justice (pronouns: he/him/el) is an Assistant Professor of STEM education and principal investigator running the ABC Learning Lab at the University of Texas at El Paso College of Education. Justice studies ways to bring the burgeoning synthetic biology field to middle and high school learners in order to support civic engagement and occupational participation. He also develops and studies computer science-based data science in hopes to promote field equity and intellectual diversity.

Megan Palmer

Senior Director, Public Impact, Ginkgo Bioworks; Adjunct Professor, Department of Bioengineering, Stanford University

Megan (pronouns: she/her) is Senior Director of Public Impact at Ginkgo Bioworks where she leads efforts to ensure that biological engineering is developed with care. She is also an adjunct professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University where she previously served as the Executive Director of Bio Policy & Leadership Initiatives, leading programs to explore how biological science and engineering is shaping our societies, and to guide innovation to serve public interests.

Corinne Okada Takara

Independent Artist; STEAM Education Specialist

Corinne (pronouns: she/her) is a Honolulu based artist/STEAM educator who creates technology integrated art projects. Her public collaborative work explores the use of modern day artifacts to preserve cultural heritage and memory, and honors the colliding and merging stories that arise in rapidly shifting communities. Corinne specializes in visual art, biomaterial design, and art collaborations that invite dreaming of abundant sustainable futures, and empowering more people to see themselves as shapers of that vision. She is co-founder of BioJam and works out of her Nest Makerspace.