Brooklyn-born and California-bred, Melissa is what a fellow tribe member calls a “unicorn.” While studying molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley, she also dabbled in creative writing. After college, she headed to UC San Francisco, where she researched how highly aggressive brain tumors evade drugs that cut off their blood flow. Two years later, Melissa realized she loved writing more than pipetting and saw a need for science writing that was both accurate and enthralling. So she decided to trade her lab notebook for a laptop and marry her twin loves as a science journalist.
Melissa honed her reporting chops at Stanford University’s graduate journalism program while also contributing to Sierra and Discover magazines. After graduating in 2013, she covered science and medicine for the Los Angeles Times on a Rebele fellowship. Seduced by sunshine, beaches and late-night Korean BBQ, she moved to La La Land for a bit but is now back in the Bay. Besides writing for OZY, Melissa loves distance running, snails and R&B slow jams.