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1st Course on Cellular Agriculture



Our Collaboration with Stanford

As one of the best universities in the world and with its position in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area, Stanford is becoming a growing hub for cellular agriculture. Its geographical proximity to the dozens of leading startups makes it a frequent location for related events and student collaborations. Beyond team members associated with Stanford, our collaboration with the institution is just beginning. Our primary work thus far has been aiding in the development of the world’s first course on cellular agriculture.

Stanford's Library also features 90 Reasons to Consider Cellular Agriculture within its world-renowned Stanford Stacks.

1st Course on Cellular Agriculture

The Beginning of Our Work with Stanford University

The world's first course on cellular agriculture began development in 2017, sparked by now CAS & Stanford Alumni, Tatiana von Rheinbaben. Tatiana led a collaboration amongst multiple parties, including members of the nonprofit, the Good Food Institute; the team interfaced with Stanford’s administration and course development leads to develop an innovative curriculum where the course syllabus could eventually be translated towards future efforts at other universities, organize guest lectures, and strategize pedagogy within the academic location of the course at Stanford; ultimately contained within Stanford’s Earth Systems Science.

After being approved under the Earth Systems Department at Stanford, the course held its first semester in the Fall of 2018, taught by Professor Allison Berke, PhD, also a member of GFI at the time. This exciting collaboration marked the first effort to formally introduce cellular agriculture into university academic structure, paving the path for more courses on CellAg to proliferate around the world and eventually entire departments of cellular agriculture to begin forming.

The spirit of innovation at Stanford made it the perfect place to launch the first course in the world on cellular agriculture. The course, more specifically, focused on cell-based meat, which has high relevance to students who are just miles away from the bay area where the majority of cell-based meat startups on the planet are located.

We were proud to give a guest lecture at this first course on cellular agriculture. CAS Founder, Kristopher Gasteratos, gave a guest lecture to the inaugural class in November 2018, discussing the ethics and paths to global success for cell-based meat. The video below is a re-recording of the original presentation.



Stanford Affiliates Working with CAS

We’re honored to have Stanford Affiliates who support our mission, working with CAS in leadership and advisorship roles, as well as other supporting positions.

  • MS, Environmental Engineering

    Tatiana von Rheinbaben

    Tatiana, born and raised in Germany and Mexico, is a former student of the University of California, San Diego and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where she studied molecular biology. More recently, she graduated from Stanford with her Master’s in Environmental Engineering. Tatiana also organized the creation of the world’s first course on cell-based meat while working with CAS and is a contributing author on the Implications for Youth Chapter in the developing CAS Textbook.

  • Former Director, Stanford Cyber Policy Center

    Dr. Allison Berke

    After studying at MIT and receiving her PhD in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley, Dr. Berke worked within biomedical and technology-focused consulting at McKinsey, as well as the Stanford Cyber Policy Center, serving as the Executive Director of the Stanford Cyber Initiative. She has worked as an instructor at Stanford, including teaching the world’s first course on cell-based meat, and worked as Senior Director of Strategy at LexisNexis. Dr. Berke is currently Managing Director at Weill Neurohub at the University of California, San Francisco.

  • Former Director, Stanford StartX

    Olivia Fox Cabane

    Olivia is the cofounder of KindEarth.Tech, and former Director of Innovative Leadership for Stanford’s startup accelerator. Her first book, the best-seller, Charisma Myth, was published by Penguin Random House and went into second printing before it even launched. Olivia is a frequent keynote speaker for Fortune 500 companies, as well as institutions like Harvard, Yale, MIT, and the United Nations; she also serves as a CAS Advisor.

  • Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering

    Dr. Shaked Regev

    Dr. Regev is a former student of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, where he completed his Master’s in Biomedical Engineering; he is also the Co-Founder & Director of International Development at The Modern Agriculture Foundation. Dr. Regev currently works at Stanford’s Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering, serves as a CAS Advisor, and is a contributing author on the UN SDG: Humanity Chapter, in the developing CAS Textbook.