About Stanford Biosecurity

"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. 

Our Goals and Approach

We believe in mobilizing our community locally, nationally and internationally in creating practical solutions to answer these pressing needs in order protect our nation and the world from the infectious disease disasters.

Interdisciplinary Forum

Stanford Biosecurity brings together experts in biology, technology development, healthcare, public health, disaster management, engineering, policy and other fields to educate and inspire future leaders of this field and to advocate for and facilitate creation of solutions to current biosecurity challenges.



Stanford Biosecurity develops biosecurity leaders by focusing on skills, knowledge and networks to move ideas into action and support informed decision-making.

Training future leaders who have the knowledge and ability to effectively communicate across science, technology, policy, business, healthcare, and disaster management sectors will enhance our ability to come up with practical global biosecurity solutions.

The program includes:

  • Biosecurity classes
  • Biosecurity Certificate Program/Professional Development Certificate Program
  • Biosecurity Seminar Series
  • Facilitating Biosecurity Internships and Fellowships for undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students


Research and Technological Innovation

Stanford Biosecurity facilitates research and technology development relevant to tackling major biosecurity challenges.

We convene scholars from Stanford and other academic institutions and connect with leaders from government, non-governmental organizations and business to develop practical solutions to current biosecurity needs.

The promising technologies can be connected to relevant Stanford technology incubators and organizations, relevant government agencies, funders, and industry partners.



Stanford Biosecurity helps public and private sector leaders and other stakeholders better understand the impact of scientific advances on biosecurity threats and the use of science and innovation to address complex interdisciplinary issues in biosecurity.

The goal of this effort is to enhance problem-solving for better biosecurity policies and management practices.