Melissa Barber is a doctoral candidate in Population Health Sciences in the Department of Global Health and Population. Her research interests include health economics, pharmaceutical policy, and the political economy of the biomedical innovation system and its impacts on health.

Melissa received her A.B. degree in Social Studies from Harvard University and MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge. She has worked in policy roles supporting universal access to medicines with the World Health Organization, Médecins Sans Frontières Access Campaign, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, and the Addressing the Challenge and Constraints of Insulin Sources and Supply (ACCISS) study.