ABOUT

Melanie Jeske, PhD(c) - Sociologist of Science and Medicine

I am currently a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Situated at the intersection of sociology of medicine and science and technology studies, my research explores social, political and ethical dimensions of knowledge systems, emergent biotechnologies, and expertise. My dissertation investigates the construction and emergence of organ chips, novel translational technologies being developed by bioengineers for screening chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and modeling tissues and organs. This project explores the politics and values of translational medicine, and goals of commercialization in biomedical research.

My past research investigated the use of standards and measurement in biomedical and public health obesity research, as well as the organization and development of obesity research as legitimate area of scientific inquiry. This research began as my master's thesis and was awarded the Research Excellence Award from the Graduate College at Drexel University (2015), and has been published in BioSocieties.

I have taught methodological and substantive courses at the undergraduate level at University of California, Berkeley and graduate seminars at UCSF.

I hold a master of science degree in Science, Technology, and Society and bachelor of science degrees in economics and environmental studies from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.