Melissa Creary is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health, Department of Health Management and Policy. She received her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies (Health, History, and Culture) at the Graduate Institute for the Liberal Arts (ILA) at Emory University. She also received a B.S. in Biology and Masters in Public Health at Emory. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of public health, science and technology studies, and medical anthropology. She studies the social, cultural, ethical, political and historic tensions of sickle cell disease (SCD) in both the United States and Brazil. In her most recent project, she analyzes how frameworks of biology, social determinants, and policy respond to Brazilian cultural and historical ideas about race, health, identity, and legitimacy. She has been published in Genetics in Medicine, the Huffington Post, and The Journal of Bioethics and was recognized recently by the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America with the National Champion Advocacy award.