How does a living organism arise from billions of lifeless molecules? How do we apply the physical and chemical laws that govern the behavior of nonliving components to reveal the guidelines that govern cellular life? As a PhD candidate in biochemistry at The Rockefeller University, these are questions Melissa thinks about deeply every day. She graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology, and has since published several research papers in high-ranking peer-reviewed academic journals. Melissa thrives in the lab, working every day at the forefront of science.
Melissa has two years of experience tutoring college students in organic chemistry and general chemistry. During her undergraduate years, she also mentored fifteen students during their first years conducting independent research and helped provide guidance on how to translate their studies to firsthand experience at the bench.
Outside of the lab, Melissa is a supporter of community supported agriculture and volunteers weekly at her local CSA. She loves camping, skiing, and exploring the city.