Levenick Resident Scholar in Sustainability, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Natalie Kofler is a trained molecular biologist and the founding director of Editing Nature, a global initiative to steer responsible development and deployment of environmental genetic technologies. She builds deliberative platforms that engage diverse expertise, worldviews, and historically marginalized voices to foster effective public engagement, promote wise innovation, and inform sensible policy.

Natalie is a leading voice in CRISPR and synthetic biology ethics. She has authored numerous publications on the topic, served on expert panels, and contributes to UN mandated documents. Her work has been highlighted by NPR, CBC radio, Pacific Standard Magazine, and National Geographic. She is an affiliated scholar of the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics and the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at the Yale Law School. She teaches Environmental Ethics and Justice at Harvard Medical School.

Natalie received her PhD in cellular, molecular, and medical biosciences and MS in human nutrition and metabolic studies from Columbia University and her BS in human anatomy and cell biology from McGill University. She is currently the Levenick Resident Scholar in Sustainability at the Institute of Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


  • 2019–present
    Associate Scholar, Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School
  • 2019–present
    Affiliated Scholar, Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics
  • 2018–present
    Lecturer, Harvard Medical School
  • 2019–present
    Resident Scholar, University of Illinois
  • –present
    Founder of Editing Nature, Yale University
  • 2014–2017
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Yale University


  • 2013 
    Columbia University, PhD
  • 2007 
    Columbia University, MS
  • 2006 
    McGill University, BS


  • 2019
    Why were scientists silent over gene-edited babies?, Nature
  • 2019
    Dished brains and designed babies, Nature
  • 2019
    Tempering tech with wisdom, Earth Island Journal
  • 2019
    Gene drives: yelling match drowns out marginalized voices, Nature
  • 2018
    Editing nature: Local roots of global governance, Science
  • 2018
    The Rab-effector protein RABEP2 regulates endosomal trafficking to mediate vascular growth factor-2, Journal of Biological Chemistry
  • 2018
    Treatment of heritable disease using CRISPR: hopes, fears, and reality, Seminars in Perinatology
  • 2016
    The expanding role of neuropilin: regulation of transforming growth factor-beta and platelet-derived growth factor signaling in the vasculature, Current Opinion in Hematology
  • 2015
    Combined deficiency of Notch1 and Notch3 causes pericyte dysfunction, models CADASIL, and results in arteriovenous malformations, Scientific Reports
  • 2015
    Angiogenesis versus arteriogenesis: neuropilin-1 modulation of VEGF signaling, F1000
  • 2011
    Notch signaling in developmental and tumor angiogenesis, Genes and Cancer