Melissa is from Lodi, New Jersey. She graduated from Rutgers University in May 2019, as a part of the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, with a major in Genetics and a minor in Psychology. As an undergraduate, she was a biology, statistics, and biochemistry tutor for the School of Arts and Sciences Honor Program, a member of Habitat for Humanity, and Vice-President of HOSA. She completed her Honors thesis in a mouse lab, studying how touch impacts the ability to move. Melissa chose Rutgers because of the diverse patient population she will be exposed to and the connection she made with the leadership during her interview. She looks forward to her rotations and growing as a student and a genetic counselor.