WHO WE ARE
Founder and Director
Natalie is a molecular biologist with a deep love for science and our shared planet. During her postdoctoral training at Yale University she actively used CRISPR technology to study the mammalian cardiovascular system. In 2016, however, while attending a talk on conservation biology at the Yale School of Forestry she became intrigued by the use of gene editing to solve environmental issues. That's when she began asking questions like Could the emerald ash borer be genetically altered to save American ash trees? Would Mother Nature approve of such changes? How do we ask? In 2017, she founded Editing Nature to help navigate the technical, ecological, and ethical complexity of such questions and ensure gene editing technologies are used to the benefit, and not detriment of our planet. She is now a leading voice for the advancement of inclusive science and integrated deliberation models.
Natalie has authored numerous scientific research articles, reviews, and commentary pieces, chaired international seminars and summits, served on expert panels, and contributed 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 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.
Vivian Vigliotti is a PhD Student in Health Services Research in the Robbins Institute for Health Policy and Leadership at Baylor University. Her research will combine healthcare, economics, and technology to aid elderly patients with chronic diseases and cancer to discover more efficient and educational choices in prevention and treatment methods.
She previously worked as a Research Assistant in the Center for Infectious Disease Modeling and Analysis (CIDMA) in the Yale School of Public Health and graduated from Connecticut College in May 2016 with a BA in economics and computer science. She was also a member of Women in Technology (WIT), an affinity group within Yale University.
Her interdisciplinary educational background aids her research in conducting cost-effectiveness analyses and systematic reviews. Vivian will continue to incorporate economic analysis and modeling for the betterment of both humans and nature through policy and management of public health.
Communications and Web Design
Leo Stevenson is a philosophy student focused on ethics and feminist philosophy. He’s interested in technology’s role in building a deliberately better social and environmental future, and in how philosophy can help to move us away from exploitative or unjust habits of thought.
Leo works for Editing Nature on development, strategy, and writing. In his research, he hopes to continue exploring how humans weigh concerns about humility in knowledge, the concept of “nature” and the ethical treatment of the nonhuman, and the obligation to use technologies equitably, as well as how communicative models of ethical thinking can help guide emergent technologies toward the common good.
Strategist and Writer