Melodie Knowlton is the Head of the Thomas M. Menino Vertex Learning Lab, a 3,000 sq. ft. classroom and laboratory space at Vertex’s corporate headquarters in the Seaport District. The Learning Lab’s mission is to inspire and equip under-resourced Boston Public School students to become the next generation of scientific leaders and health care professionals. On a given day, Melodie can be found leading students through hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) lab activities, collaborating with Vertex’s five partner high schools to maximize the benefit of Learning Lab programing, or working with local education, industry and government stakeholders to broadly enhance STEM education opportunities for Boston’s youth.
Drawing on her experiences from her graduate training at Harvard University, a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, and teaching at Harvard University Extension School and The Cambridge School of Weston, Melodie works to advance Vertex as a corporate leader in STEM education in Boston. Her scientific background allows her to understand the industry, expose students to careers in science and connect Vertex’s innovative culture to local schools, while her expertise as an educator and mentor provides students with an invaluable learning and skill-building experience.