Melissa is an Assistant Professor at Yale-NUS and a Special Fellow at the Cancer Science Institute. Melissa completed her undergraduate degree at Stanford University. She completed her PhD with the National University of Singapore and the Genome Institute of Singapore. She won a Lee Kuan Yew Post-doctoral Fellowship to pursue her post-doctoral training in the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School. She has published 13 manuscripts, which have been cited over 400 times, and is a co-inventor on two patent filings. She received the A*STAR National Science Scholarships for her undergraduate and PhD work, and was one of three recipients of the inaugural L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science National Fellowships in Singapore in 2009. In addition, she was the international winner of the GE and Science prize in 2010 and won the Phillip Yeo prize (biomedical) in 2011. She recently received the National Research Foundation (NRF) fellowship of S$2.9 million in funding.