Melissa Salm is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Bio.Polis Initiative of Stanford University where she works under the mentorship of Megan Palmer and David Relman. Salm's training is both international and interdisciplinary: she earned her PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of California, Davis; a MA in Critical & Creative Analysis from the Sociology Department at the University of London - Goldsmiths College; and a BA from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. In support of her doctoral dissertation, Salm conducted sixteen months of multi-sited fieldwork across Peru to examine how infectious disease epidemiologists mobilized the 'One Health' approach to study various endemic zoonoses. Her research was funded by the NIH Fogarty International Center, and she received a GloCal Health Fellowship to conduct a qualitative study identifying the definitions, practices, and visions of 'global health' among PI's in Latin America and the Caribbean compared to those of PI's in North America. While at Stanford, Salm's research will focus on conceptualizations of risk, biosafety practices, and ethical debates around the biosecurity stakes of gain-of-function research with viral pathogens.

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Research Committee TAC Member, Consortium of Universities for Global Health (2020 - Present)
  • Editorial Liason for SMA Section News, Society for Medical Anthropology (2020 - Present)

Professional Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, New York University, Individualized Study (2010)
  • MA, University of London - Goldsmiths, Sociology (2011)
  • PhD, University of California, Department of Anthropology (2021)

Stanford Advisors