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Melissa Pandika

Melissa Pandika is a San Francisco Bay Area-based freelance writer and journalist interested in science, health, social justice, and their intersection. Her work has appeared in Discover, New York Magazine, Bon App├ętit, VICE, the Los Angeles Times and other outlets. Before making the leap to journalism, she investigated how aggressive brain tumors evade drugs that block the growth of their blood vessels as a research associate at the University of California, San Francisco. She holds a B.A. in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. in communications from the Stanford Graduate School of Journalism.