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Stanford Biosciences students participating in a Black Lives Matter protest, 2015

Biosciences 2020 Commitment to Justice and Action

We are outraged at the recent killings of Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells, Riah Milton, Tony McDade, and innumerable others before them.  These events are a wrenching reminder of how much progress we need to make to become a just and equitable society.  We stand with our Black students, postdocs, staff, faculty, and community and resolve to do more to abolish racism. Black Lives Matter.

We hold justice, diversity, equity, inclusivity and belonging as part of our core abiding principles.  There is no place for discrimination, hatred, or bigotry in any shape or form in our community. We must treat our Black students, postdocs, staff, and faculty as well as all other members of our community with dignity and respect.

We pledge to listen, learn, change and act.  We read the 6/19/20 student letter to the President & Provost, and while it was not addressed to the Biosciences, we recognized that we have a responsibility to act locally on the areas over which we have authority and influence. And we are beginning to take action now.

We recognize that this is just the beginning and that there will be other avenues we need to explore to achieve our goals of justice, diversity, equity, inclusivity and belonging for everyone in our community.  We therefore welcome your feedback and suggestions and of course would also love to hear from you if you would like to participate in these or other initiatives.  Please submit your feedback here.


Stanford Biosciences Faculty Leaders


  • Dan Herschlag, Graduate Advisor, Biochemistry
  • Aaron F. Straight, Department Chair Biochemistry
  • Markus Covert, Director of Graduate Studies, Bioengineering
  • Martha Cyert, Incoming Department Chair, Biology
  • Sylvia Plevritis, Department Chair and Director of Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program, Biomedical Data Science
  • Kerwyn Casey Huang, Program Director, Biophysics
  • Julien Sage, Program Director, Cancer Biology
  • James K. Chen, Chair, Chemical and Systems Biology
  • Judith Prochaska, Faculty Director, Graduate Program in Community Health & Prevention Research
  • Sherril Green, Department Chair, Comparative Medicine/Masters of Laboratory Animal Science
  • Roel Nusse, Chair,  Development Biology
  • Will Talbot, Professor of Developmental Biology
  • Rita Popat, Chair, MS program in Epidemiology and Clinical Research
  • Melissa Bondy, Department Chair, Epidemiology and Population Health
  • Lesley Park, PHS Postdoctoral Fellowship Director, Epidemiology & Population Health
  • Lisa Goldman Rosas, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Population Health & Office of Community Health
  • MaryAnn Campion, Co-Director, Program in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling
  • Kelly Ormond, Co-Director, Program in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling
  • Gavin Sherlock, Associate Professor, Genetics
  • Michael Snyder, Chair/Director, Genetics / Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine
  • Sheri Krams, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs and Professor of Immunology
  • Olivia Martinez, Director, Program in Immunology
  • David Schneider, Advising Dean for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs and Chair and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
  • Justin Sonnenburg, Director of Graduate Studies, Microbiology and Immunology
  • Miriam B. Goodman, Department Chair, Molecular and Cellular Physiology
  • Lucy O’Brien, Asst. Professor, Molecular & Cellular Physiology
  • Nirao Shah, Director, Program in Neurosciences
  • Katrin Chua, Director, MD-PhD Medical Scientist Training Program
  • Taia Wang, Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Marius Wernig, Co-Director, Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
  • Ted Jardetzky, Program Director, Graduate Program in Structural Biology