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Melissa Pandika is a staff writer covering health, wellness, money, career, and identity for Mic's Life vertical. She has also freelanced for numerous publications. Her work has appeared in Discover, New York Magazine's The Cut, Bon Appétit's Healthyish, VICE, and the Los Angeles Times, among other outlets.
Before making the leap to writing, 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. She is a Writers Grotto member and Tin House Summer Workshop alumna, and is at work on a memoir.
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