Prior to spending ten years at Duke working on thymus aging and rejuvenation so that we can live forever (she has yet to divulge her secret elixir), Mel earned her B.S. in Biology from Florida Atlantic University and an M.S. in Immunology from NC State. Born in Chicago but raised in Florida, Mel is an expert at running away from gators (a skill we may soon need to acquire here in NC). She loves exercising outdoors, and is a sucker for beagles, in particular her dog, Gibbs, who is currently running the household so that Mel can teach her fellow Precisioneers Spanish from the bench.