The Journal of Philosophy, Science & Law

Melanie Roberts, Ph.D.

Melanie Roberts, Ph.D., is the founder and director of Emerging Leaders in Science & Society (ELISS), a new program housed at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). ELISS is a collaborative leadership development program for doctoral and professional students who are eager to contribute to society. Previously, Dr. Roberts worked on health and innovation policy as an AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in the United States Senate, and to improve peer review for interdisciplinary and transformative research and broader impacts the National Science Foundation. At the University of Colorado Boulder, Dr. Roberts developed programs, policies, and partnerships across disciplines and sectors to advance discovery and commercialization at the Biofrontiers Institute. She began her career as a research technician at Pfizer, Inc.

Dr. Roberts received a Ph.D. in neurobiology & behavior from the University of Washington and did postdoctoral work at the Center for Science & Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado Boulder.  She also serves on the governing board of the Journal of Science Policy & Governance.

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