Postdoctoral researcher, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Colorado, United States, originally from Marseille, France
Melissa has a passion for science, yoga, nature and the night sky. Currently she works as a microbiologist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Colorado, USA. Her research focusses on developing future biofuels and biotechnologies. She obtained her PhD in 2013 at the Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in Cadarache, France, where she studied the bioproduction of hydrogen by cyanobacteria: fascinating bacteria that can do photosynthesis (and are partly responsible for the dioxygen we all breathe!). She believes education and communication are necessary elements of change.