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 Appétit, 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.