Stanford Biosecurity

In conjunction with the Stanford Emergency Medicine, Stanford Office of Emergency Management and Disaster Response, and Stanford SEMPER

"Biosecurity is our collective responsibility to safeguard the population from dangers presented by pathogenic microbes, whether intentionally released or naturally occurring."

-- Rear Admiral Kenneth Bernard, MD, USPHS (Ret.), Former Special Assistant on BioSecurity to the Presidents Clinton and Bush Jr.


About Stanford Biosecurity


To help protect our nation and the world from biosecurity threats and infectious disease disasters


Stanford Biosecurity is dedicated to:

  • Educating undergraduate and graduate students, fellows and residents about the fundamental issues in the field of Biosecurity. These Biosecurity trainees come from a broad range of academic fields spanning medicine, public health, public policy, bioengineering, computer science, business, law and other fields of study. 
  • Advancing promising research discoveries and technologies relevant to the field of Biosecurity
  • Facilitating the Biosecurity conversation and solution creation by bringing together experts in biology, technology development, healthcare, public health, disaster management, engineering, and policy 



Biosecurity in the News

How Contagious Pathogens Could Lead to Nuke-Level Casualties

"What if nuclear bombs could reproduce? Get your hands on one today, and in a week's time you've got a few dozen."

"Milana Trounce, MD, a clinical associate professor of emergency medicine, wants to get people to worry about this possibility...Authorities on bioterrorism and biosecurity say that more thinking about how to handle this threat is desperately needed...the technology for making drug-resistant anthrax — or, for that matter, creating all manner of novel "designer diseases" — is becoming increasingly available worldwide, not to mention cheaper and more sophisticated.

Trounce agrees. "We are undergoing a biotechnology revolution," she said. "Even in the last 10 years, science has advanced so much that you can engineer some of the scariest organisms — for example, smallpox."

"Unfortunately, it's a real possibility, because with advances in technology it's now much easier to create these weapons than ever before," Trounce said. "A few people with modern resources can create a bioweapon. This is something we don't typically think about.""

-- Bruce Goldman