Melissa Li, Ph.D.

Dr. Melissa Li is a molecular biologist with expertise in cellular biology, biochemistry, and genetics in metabolic disease and cancer. Dr. Li received her Ph.D. in molecular cell biology from Washington University in St. Louis where she identified molecular mechanisms underlying small nucleolar RNA trafficking during cardiomyopathy. She followed her passion for noncoding RNAs and moved to the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences to investigate the role of a long noncoding RNA during lung cancer tumorigenesis. Dr. Li is passionate about science communication and is experienced in multiple types of science writing, including writing for an online newsletter, and writing and winning research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Heart Association (AHA). In her spare time, Dr. Li enjoys reading, swimming, and trying new foods.

Education: B.S. in Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Ph.D. in Molecular Cell Biology from Washington University in St. Louis.