Melissa is a Research Fellow in Discovery Biology at Griffith University and has 19 years experience developing and establishing in vitro high throughput assays for application in early drug discovery, and 13 years in drug discovery for neglected tropical diseases. Melissa developed the first minaturised (384-well) model to assess compound activity against Trypanosoma brucei brucei for drug discovery for Human African Trypanosomiasis.
Her current research utilises image-based technology to develop small scale in vitro models of gut infection for the protozoan parasite that causes Chagas disease, Trypanosoma cruzi. Melissa is passionate about supporting careers in science and has been involved in early career research committees in addition to outreach and mentoring roles. Melissa has been on the WiT board, supporting professional development in sciences, since 2017.