Stephanie Melchor

Stephanie Melchor

Stephanie 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 Stephanie Melchor
Citing Safety, French Institutions Temporarily Halt Prion Research
Citing Safety, French Institutions Temporarily Halt Prion Research
Stephanie Melchor | Jul 28, 2021
The three-month moratorium comes after a former prion researcher was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
US Moves to Drop Visa Fraud Charges Against Chinese Researchers
US Moves to Drop Visa Fraud Charges Against Chinese Researchers
Stephanie Melchor | Jul 26, 2021
The scientists were arrested last summer for allegedly hiding or falsifying information about their affiliations with the Chinese military.
How the Second mRNA Vaccine Bolsters Immunity
How the Second mRNA Vaccine Bolsters Immunity
Stephanie Melchor | Jul 23, 2021
A study looks beyond T and B cell responses to show how the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine elicits a strong innate immune response.
Researchers Find DNA “Borgs” in Methane-Chomping Archaea
Researchers Find DNA “Borgs” in Methane-Chomping Archaea
Stephanie Melchor | Jul 20, 2021
Massive extrachromosomal elements named after the hive-minded cyborg villains in Star Trek may be the first of their kind.
Humans Can Survive Without Key Autophagy Gene
Humans Can Survive Without Key Autophagy Gene
Stephanie Melchor | Jul 19, 2021
Loss of the protein ATG7 is fatal in mice, but not always for people—although it is linked to human neurodevelopmental disorders, researchers report.
US House Committee Proposes Increases to Research Funding
US House Committee Proposes Increases to Research Funding
Stephanie Melchor | Jul 14, 2021
Although many of the hikes are less than what the Biden administration had requested, the draft legislation calls for a boost in spending for agencies like NASA, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Energy.
WHO Releases New Recommendations on Human Genome Editing
WHO Releases New Recommendations on Human Genome Editing
Stephanie Melchor | Jul 12, 2021
The guidance comes after two years of consulting with hundreds of stakeholders, including indigenous peoples, religious leaders, patient groups, and scientists.
Evolutionary Biologist Richard Lewontin Dies at 92
Evolutionary Biologist Richard Lewontin Dies at 92
Stephanie Melchor | Jul 8, 2021
The Harvard University evolutionary biologist pioneered the use of protein gel electrophoresis to study molecular genetics.  
Researchers Create Pathogen-Sensing Face Mask
Researchers Create Pathogen-Sensing Face Mask
Stephanie Melchor | Jul 5, 2021
The masks contain freeze-dried, cell-free biosensors, enabling them to detect pathogens including SARS-CoV-2.
Mouse Study Suggests Fibromyalgia Has Autoimmune Roots
Mouse Study Suggests Fibromyalgia Has Autoimmune Roots
Stephanie Melchor | Jul 2, 2021
When researchers injected mice with antibodies from fibromyalgia patients, the animals developed symptoms of the disease—suggesting that it may be controlled by the immune system, not the nervous system.