Melissa graduated from Bowdoin College cum laude where she majored in Physics and minored in Computer Science. She is currently a PhD student at Harvard in the Biophysics program. Her thesis work at Massachusetts General Hospital focuses on MRI software development. She has been awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Fellowship to support her graduate research, and enjoys investigating how physics and engineering contribute to solving medical challenges.
Melissa has been working with students as a tutor since her senior year of high school, and continued as a tutor during both her undergraduate and graduate studies. Melissa also loves to help others with math and physics outside of tutoring, such as aiding her friends, teammates, and younger cousins with their coursework. She has also been a mentor to younger physics students through the Bowdoin Science Experience program.
When not doing her research, Melissa enjoys yoga, playing volleyball, hiking, and downhill skiing. She is passionate about getting more girls and women into STEM fields, and is a member of Harvard Graduate Women in Science and Engineering.