Annie Melchor

Annie Melchor

Stephanie "Annie"  Melchor got her PhD from the University of Virginia in 2020, studying how the immune response to the parasite Toxoplasma gondii leads to muscle wasting and tissue scarring in mice. While she is still an ardent immunology fangirl, she left the bench to become a science writer and received her master’s degree in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2021. You can check out more of her work here.

Articles by Annie Melchor
Bianca Jones Marlin Traces How Sensory Inputs Shape the Brain
Bianca Jones Marlin Traces How Sensory Inputs Shape the Brain
Annie Melchor | Oct 1, 2021
The Columbia University neuroscientist researches the biology behind some of our most human experiences, including building family relationships. 
The Link Between Wandering and Sleeping Minds
The Link Between Wandering and Sleeping Minds
Annie Melchor | Oct 1, 2021
Researchers discover that when the mind wanders or goes blank, some parts of the brain behave as they do during sleep.
Optogenetics and mRNA Vaccines Net Lasker Awards
Optogenetics and mRNA Vaccines Net Lasker Awards
Annie Melchor | Sep 24, 2021
This year’s winners are Dieter Oesterhelt, Peter Hegemann, Karl Deisseroth, Drew Weissman, Katalin Karikó, and David Baltimore.
<em>Alu </em>Leap May Explain Why Apes Don&rsquo;t Have Tails
Alu Leap May Explain Why Apes Don’t Have Tails
Annie Melchor | Sep 23, 2021
A transposable element that jumped into the TBXT gene, which is linked to tail morphology, appears to be to blame for our missing appendage.
Researchers Uncover New Families of Gene-Editing Enzymes
Researchers Uncover New Families of Gene-Editing Enzymes
Annie Melchor | Sep 15, 2021
The results reveal evolutionary relatives of the Cas9 enzyme now used extensively in biotechnology.
Potty Party: Researchers Show Young Cows Can Be Toilet-Trained
Potty Party: Researchers Show Young Cows Can Be Toilet-Trained
Annie Melchor | Sep 14, 2021
Ethologist Jan Langbein and his team trained the cattle as a way to keep solid and liquid cattle waste separate—with the goal of reducing ammonia emissions coming from livestock.
Lawmakers Request Information About Alzheimer&rsquo;s Drug Approval
Lawmakers Request Information About Alzheimer’s Drug Approval
Annie Melchor | Sep 3, 2021
The FDA granted the drug, called Aduhelm, accelerated approval earlier this summer in a process that’s since drawn scrutiny.
Biomedical Innovations from Women Less Likely to be Adopted: Study
Biomedical Innovations from Women Less Likely to be Adopted: Study
Annie Melchor | Sep 1, 2021
An analysis of scientists’ networks finds discrepancies in the diffusion of novel ideas through communities.
Posies, Poison, and Periods, Early 1920s
Posies, Poison, and Periods, Early 1920s
Annie Melchor | Sep 1, 2021
Centuries of folklore backed by scientists in the early 1900s have perpetuated the idea that menstruating women can exert dangerous forces.
Researchers in Ida&rsquo;s Destructive Path Brace for Disruptions
Researchers in Ida’s Destructive Path Brace for Disruptions
Amanda Heidt, Annie Melchor | Aug 30, 2021
The storm, which made landfall over the weekend as a Category 4 hurricane and has since weakened, forced the evacuation of multiple Louisiana campuses.