Melo is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical and Biological Sciences with a concentration in Population Biology, Ecology, and Evolution at Emory University. She studies infectious disease transmission dynamics inside airplane cabins. Her research interests include eco-epidemiology and the impact of travel and human movement in the spread of infectious diseases. Her interest in disease ecology started when she joined Dr. Vance Vredenburg’s global amphibian declines lab at San Francisco State University, where she earned a B.A. Black Studies and B.S. Physiology. Thereafter, she joined Dr. Robert Desharnais’ ecological modeling lab and earned a M.S. Biological Sciences from California State University, Los Angeles. Her recent eco-epidemiology internship with EcoHealth Alliance (formerly Wildlife Trust) in Bangladesh and New York City inspired her to adopt an interdisciplinary One Health perspective of combining conservation and public health in research. She aspires to be a science writer and an Epidemic Intelligence Services (EIS) officer at CDC.