Melisa Beddow obtained her Bachelor of Science in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She earned her Master of Science in Forensic Science from the University of California, Davis. Melissa's graduate research project, "Recovering Trace DNA From Knives, A Comparison of Two Collection Techniques", was presented at the California Association of Criminalists Spring Seminar in 2002. Melissa has over 7 years of analytical laboratory experience working in various laboratories from human diagnostic testing to biotechnology. She was also a Research Assistant in the Recombinant Expression group at Santa Cruz Biotechnology. At Diagnostic Pathology Medical Group, Melissa was a Laboratory Assistant who specialized in testing cervical samples for Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhea and Human Papillomavirus DNA. As a DNA Scientist VII at Chromosomal Laboratories, Melissa performed human identification testing on various samples. She has had the pleasure of testifying as a DNA Analysis expert in over 10 criminal trials for both the prosecution and the defense.
What Melissa loves most about teaching is interacting with students, the energy they bring to the classroom, and creating a fun learning environment. She also believes that laughing creates memories, and these memories are what help students learn and retain material. Furthermore, positive memories are created when people truly enjoy what they are doing. In Melissa's spare time, she enjoys participating in an indoor archery league, camping, and spending time with friends and family whenever possible.