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Melissa Pandika is a content writer and copywriter. Previously, she was a staff writer covering health, wellness, money, and career through the lenses of identity and social justice for Mic's Life vertical. Her work has also 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, Melissa investigated how aggressive brain tumors evade drugs that block blood vessel growth 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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