Melanie completed her BSc in Biology (1995) and her MSc in Zoology (1997) at the University of Toronto. From 1997-2001 Melanie conducted her PhD in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of Calgary, under the supervision of Dr. Naweed Syed, where she characterized the role of trophic factors in inhibitory synapse formation. During her Postdoctoral studies in the lab of Mu-ming Poo at the University of California Berkeley, Melanie discovered the spike-timing dependent plasticity of inhibitory GABAergic synapses in the hippocampus. Melanie began her research lab in the Department of Cell and Systems Biology (formerly Zoology) at the University of Toronto in 2004 and became a full Professor in 2017. Throughout this time she maintained her intense focus on inhibitory synaptic transmission and plasticity. Melanie has served as the Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies (Cell & Systems Biology 2014-15), Director of the Human Biology Program (2015-17), Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies and Academic Planning (2018), the Vice-Dean, Interdivisional Partnerships in the Faculty of Arts and Science (2019), and is currently serving as the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science in addition to maintaining her research program.