Melissa was born in Oxford, England and moved to Baltimore, Maryland where she attended the Bryn Mawr School for Girls. She majored in biology at Yale University where she worked in Jack Rose’s lab. During the summers, she worked in Carolyn Machamer’s lab at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Melissa went on to pursue her PhD at Harvard University in the laboratory of Tom Rapoport. After her PhD, she moved to University of Oregon as a post-doctoral scholar in Chris Doe’s lab.
In 2007, Melissa joined Pennsylvania State University as Assistant Professor. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013.
Melissa is also the Director of the Center for Cellular Dynamics (CCD) at the Huck Institutes of Life Sciences. Check out more information about the CCD here.
Read more about Melissa – Melissa Rolls ASCB profile
Honors and Awards:
Tershak Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, Penn State, 2012
Junior Career Award, presented by the Women in Cell Biology Committee of the American Society for Cell Biology- given to a woman in an early stage of her career who is making exceptional scientific contributions to cell biology, 2011
Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, 2009-2013
American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant, 2008-2011
March of Dimes Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Award, 2008-2010
NARSAD Young Investigator Award, 2006-2008
American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2006-2007
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2003-2005
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellowship in Biological Sciences, 1995-2000
William R. Belknap Prize for excellence in biological studies in Yale College, 1995
Russell Henry Chittenden Prize awarded to that senior in Yale College majoring in the natural sciences or in mathematics who ranks highest in scholarship, 1995
Saybrook College Fellows Prize, 1995