Melissa D. Mertzman, Ph.D., RAC is a newcomer to the area of photography. Having spent her entire career and upbringing as a scientist, Melissa received her first DSLR camera as a present the Christmas of 2016.  Though never formally trained in art or photography, she took to it quickly with passion and enthusiasm, capturing over 15,000 photos in 2017 alone.

In her less than three-year tenure, Melissa has participated in 12 exhibitions, six of which have been blind juried, including the highly regarded Americana, Odyssey, Exposure, Stover Mill and Phillips Mill photographic exhibitions.  Her photo, Farming Fluidity, was selected as one of the top photos of 2018 by Photographer’s Forum Magazine.  Recently, she took the first place Juror’s Choice Award for Sunday Morning Pairsat the New Hope Arts 2019 Exposure exhibition. Her photos have also been featured in print magazines, various Instagram galleries, and the Johnson & Johnson Campus calendar.  

Melissa photographs the world around her with an eye towards mood, drama, and provocative concepts.  He main goal in capturing any photo is to cause the viewer to pause and think.

Melissa started her journey with a Nikon D3400 and a 16-300 mm, f3.5-6.3 Tamron travel lens.  She has since upgraded to the Nikon D850 and shoots primarily with the 24-70 mm, f2.8 lens.

Outside of photography, Melissa enjoys a successful career with Janssen Research & Development, LLC (Johnson and Johnson’s pharmaceutical division).  In her current Director role, she oversees the authoring of chemistry information and strategy submitted in global health authority filings such as clinical trial applications, marketing applications, and responses to health authority questions.  She is also the single point of contact for China, the lead for the Health Authority Question Analysis process, and lead of a cross-organizational initiative geared towards optimizing global regulatory intelligence and external advocacy opportunities. 

Melissa resides in New Hope, Pennsylvania (U.S.) with her husband of almost 20 years, two young sons, and adorable, yet small Boston Terrier.

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