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Scientific Citizenship Initiative Advisor and Center for Bioethics Lecturer, Harvard University

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 lived experiences to foster effective public engagement, promote wise innovation, and inform sensible policy.

She is a leading voice in CRISPR and synthetic biology ethics and governance, authoring numerous publications on the topic, serving on expert panels, and contributing to UN mandated documents. Her work has been highlighted by The New York Times, Science, Nature, NPR, CBC radio, Pacific Standard Magazine, and National Geographic. She lectures on environmental ethics at the Center for Biomedical Ethics at Harvard Medical School. She served as the resident scholar in sustainability a the University of Illinois, a visiting scholar at the Hastings Center for Bioethics, and is an affiliate scholar at the Yale Program in Biomedical Ethics. She 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 an advisor for the Scientific Citizenship Initiative at Harvard Medical School.


  • 2020–present
    Advisor, Scientific Citizenship Initiative, Harvard Medical School
  • 2019–present
    Affiliated Scholar, Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics
  • 2019–present
    Associate Scholar, Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School
  • –present
    Founder of Editing Nature, Yale University
  • 2018–present
    Lecturer, Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics
  • 2019–2020
    Resident Scholar, University of Illinois Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment
  • 2014–2017
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Yale University


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


  • 2020
    Ten reasons why immunity passports are a bad idea, Nature
  • 2019
    Why were scientists silent over gene-edited babies?, Nature
  • 2019
    Dished brains and designed babies, Nature
  • 2019
    Gene drives: yelling match drowns out marginalized voices, Nature
  • 2019
    Tempering tech with wisdom, Earth Island Journal
  • 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
  • 2018
    Editing nature: Local roots of global governance, Science
  • 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