Melanie, recently graduated from the University of California, Davis, is our lab manager and research technician. She majored in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior at the University of California, Davis and worked in the Carstens Lab studying the neural mechanisms of pain and itch. She volunteered as a research assistant at the Bryant Laboratory of Addiction Genetics for two summers to expand her research experience. Post graduation, she was hired as a lab manager/research technician at the Bryant lab where she is working on narrowing down a region on distal chromosome 1 that is implicated in sensitivity to oxycodone as well as developing a mouse model for Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome. In the future, she plans to pursue her Ph.D. in Neuroscience and secure a research position in biotechnology, studying neurodegenerative diseases.