In 2014, Shelley Brown completed ministerial training in an M.Div. program at Harvard Divinity School, and in 2015, completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a result of her scientific training and ethics and policy education, Shelley has now accepted a position as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the NIH's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.
Prior to her training in Boston, Shelley received a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University, and a Masters and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Her doctoral work focused on the use of human embryonic stem cells for clinical tissue engineering strategies, and due to the ethical and religious debate surrounding stem cells, she was challenged to determine the religious implications of her research. As a result, while in the doctoral program, Shelley became a licensed minister in the Baptist tradition in 2010. In the M.Div. program Shelley studied the intersection of the academic study of science and religion, probing religious and bioethical issues surrounding policy and research, while pursuing postdoctoral research within the biological engineering community at MIT.
Now as a AAAS Fellow, Shelley seeks to combine passion with her skill set in science, policy, and ethics to develop policies that translate new biomedical technologies to the clinic safely, effectively, and efficiently.