Melody Tan earned her Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Rice University, where her research leveraged optical imaging to improve oral cancer detection. She received her B.S. in Bioengineering from Rice University and her M.S.E. in Bioengineering Innovation and Design from Johns Hopkins University. She also has experience consulting in the biodesign and medical device innovation space.
Melody is passionate about civic engagement and has been actively involved in voter outreach and grassroots campaigns in her Houston community. Throughout her doctoral program, she also interned with Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. In 2019, Melody was selected as a Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the Board on Health Care Services at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Subsequently, Melody created several initiatives equipping early-career scientists and engineers to engage with policymakers, including the Texas Science Policy Fellows program where fellows addressed immunization bills in the Texas Legislature. She looks forward to working at the intersection of her interests in science, policy, and politics as an IEEE-USA Congressional Fellow.