Melody Tan is a PhD Candidate in Bioengineering at Rice University, where her research focuses on using optical imaging to improve the diagnosis of oral cancer. She also interns at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy, where she has written about vaccine misconceptions in the Texas Legislature and started initiatives equipping undergraduate and graduate students to engage with policymakers on the local, state, and federal levels. Motivated by the need for healthcare access and immigration reform, Melody spends the rest of her time registering voters and volunteering on progressive political campaigns. She is particularly invested in increasing STEM engagement in politics.
Melody received her BS in Bioengineering and Global Health Technologies from Rice University and her MSE in Bioengineering Innovation and Design from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to starting her PhD program, she worked for Clinvue, a Baltimore-based medical device innovation consultancy. Melody previously served as a Precinct Captain and was a 2019 Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academies for Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, where she worked with the National Cancer Policy Forum.