Max Planck Research Group Leader | Starting 2020
MPI for Developmental Biology
Tübingen, Germany

Biodiversity Genomics Postdoctoral Fellow | Since 2019
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Washington D.C.

College for Life Sciences Fellow | 2018 - 2019
Institute for Advanced Study - Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
Berlin, Germany

Feodor Lynen Postdoctoral Fellow | 2016 - 2019
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia


Ph.D. Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology | 2015
Summa cum laude
Jena, Germany

M.S. Miami University, Botany | 2010
Oxford, Ohio

B.A. Earlham College, Biology | 2008
Richmond, Indiana

Complementary Education

Programming for Biology | 2016
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York

Workshop on Molecular Evolution | 2009
Marine Biological Laboratory, Massachusetts

Fellowships & Grants

Biodiversity Genomics Postdoctoral Fellowship | 2018
Smithsonian Institution

College for Life Sciences Fellowship  | 2018
Institute for Advanced Study - Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin

Program Grant in Evolutionary Ecology  | 2017
National Science Foundation
(PI: Nicole Gerardo; Senior personnel: Hassan Salem)

Feodor Lynen Postdoctoral Fellowship  | 2016
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Graduate Research Fellowship | 2010
Max Planck Society


Co-chair, Gordon Research Seminar on Animal-Microbe Symbioses 

Ad hoc reviewer: Current Biology, PNAS, Trends in Ecology & Evolution, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Molecular Ecology, Environmental Microbiology, mBio, Applied & Environmental Microbiology, Biology Letters, FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Microbial Ecology, Journal of Insect Science, PLoS One

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National Museum of Natural History
10th St. & Constitution Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20560

Email: hassan.s.salem[at]

Twitter: @HassanSalem