Jenelle S. Krishnamoorthy, PhD, is the associate vice president for global policy, communications and population health at Merck.

Prior to joining Merck in January 2015, Krishnamoorthy worked on health policy for 10 years for Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). She served for five years as the health policy director for the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee when Harkin was chairman. Krishnamoorthy first joined Harkin’s team as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow in 2003 and 2004. During 2004 and 200, she worked at the U.S. State Department in the Bureau of South Asian Affairs on health, science, technology, and environment issues with India on a AAAS Diplomacy Fellowship.

Trained as a licensed clinical psychologist, Krishnamoorthy completed her pediatric clinical psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Brown Medical School, where she conducted research in the areas of childhood obesity and tobacco issues. She received her bachelor’s degree from Randolph-Macon College, her master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, and her doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University.