University of Southern California, School of Pharmacy – PhD Candidate in Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics; The George Washington University - Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences and Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 2008
Melissa is currently working on her PhD in Dr. Annie Wong-Beringer's lab, as part of the Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics Program, in the USC School of Pharmacy. Her research focuses on the correlation of antibiotic resistance and virulence in the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa. She is orignally from New Jersey, and attended the George Washington University in Washington, DC, where she earned a BS in Biological Sciences as well as a BA in Psychology. She then went on to complete a year-long post-baccalaureate fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. After earning her PhD, she hopes to continue working in infectious disease research.