Christian Copley Salem, PhD

Christian was born in California where he attended high school and studied molecular biology as part of a special after school program learning advanced biochemistry techniques. Christian moved to Reno and worked as a training coordinator for a local grocery store while attending college. After graduation, Christian began work as a graduate research assistant in the UNR pharmacology department studying uterine smooth muscle and received his Ph.D. in pharmacology. After graduation, Christian worked teaching biology and as a postdoctoral researcher.

When not teaching or doing research, Christian plays guitar, studies Japanese and Hebrew, enjoys studying ancient Judean and Israeli religious and cultural texts, and watches Japanese cinema.


Ph.D. Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, University of Nevada, Reno, NV.

B.S. with High Distinction in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Nevada, Reno, NV.

A.S. Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV.


University of Nevada, Reno – Outstanding Senior Award

International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition, Silver medal for biosensor development

Society Memberships

National Association of Biology Teachers (2021)

The American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2015)

The Society for the Study of Reproduction (2014)

The Society for Gynecologic Investigation (2013)