Dr. Marilena Melas

Clinical Laboratory Genetics and Genomics Fellow,
Nationwide Children's Hospital

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Born and raised on the Greek island of Lefkada, I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Ioannina and then went on to earn two Master's degrees—one at the University of Crete in Molecular Biology and one in Human Genetics at the University College London in the United Kingdom. In 2015, I was accepted into the Ph.D. Program in Biomedical and Biological Sciences (PIBBS) at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine where I completed my doctoral studies in Cancer Biology and Genomics. I'm currently an American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics Clinical Laboratory Fellow at the Steve and Cindy Rasmussen Institute for Genomic Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. I hope to become director of a clinical medical genetics lab focusing on the translation of genomic discoveries into clinical and therapeutic applications in the field of personalized cancer genomics, thereby helping patients and families. In December 2019 I was selected to give a TEDx Columbus Women talk on Personalized Genomic Medicine during the event "Bold and Brilliant". If you are interested to hear how our genome can improve our healthcare, check the YouTube link below and spread the word:


University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
Los Angeles, California, United States
Ph.D. Program in Biomedical and Biological Sciences (PIBBS)
Cancer Biology and Genomics

University of Crete
Heraklion, Greece
Master's Degree
Molecular Biology

University College London
London, United Kingdom
Master's Degree
Human Genetics

University of Ioannina
Ioannina, Greece
Bachelor of Science
Applied Biology and Biotechnology

Memberships & Associations

Junior member of the Cancer Genomics Consortium (CGC) Communications Committee
2020 - Present

Trainee Member of the American College of Medical Genetics. (ACMG)
2020 - Present

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
2019 - Present

Associate Member of the American Association of Cancer Recearch (AACR)
2017 - Present

Associate Member of the American Society of Human Genetics. (ASHG)
2014 - Present

Honors & Awards

Best Oral Presentation at Graduate Students Symposium
Cedars Sinai Medical Center

Kure It Cancer Research Award for PhD studies
Kure It Foundation

Scholarship for Summer School in Computational Genomics at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
NIH Big Data to Knowledge

Scholarship for the 9th International Summer School in Medical/Bioscences Research and Management
World Hellenic Biomedical Association (WHBA)

Trainee Member of American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG)

USC Student Recognition: Order of Arete Award; the highest honor accorded graduate students
University of Southern California

Job History

Nationwide Children's Hospital
ABMGG Clinical Laboratory Genetics and Genomics Fellow
Columbus, OH, United States
August 2019 - present

University of Southern California
PhD Candidate in Cancer Biology and Genetics
Los Angeles, CA, United States
August 2015 - August 2019

University of Southern California
Research Lab Specialist
Los Angeles, CA, United States
March 2013 - August 2015