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Melissa Reeves, PhD

Sandler Faculty Fellow


We interrogate the genetic, cellular, and spatial heterogeneity of malignant and metastatic tumors, combining multi-color “Confetti” lineage tracing with next-gen sequencing. We are interested in how tumor heterogeneity evolves during progression and metastasis, and how distinct tumor subclones interact. We are also studying the impact of heterogeneity in tumor mutations—and neoantigens—on the anti-tumor immune response.

Education & Training

  • 2017-present: Sandler Faculty Fellow, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • 2017: Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, Balmain Lab, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • 2008: B.A. in Chemistry and Physics, Government minor, magna cum laude with Highest Honors, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Awards & Honors

  • 2016: Grad Slam 3-Minute Thesis Competition Finalist
  • 2012: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention
  • 2008: Graduated Magna Cum Laude with highest honors in field (Physics & Chemistry) Harvard
  • 2008: Thesis project nominated for Hoopes Prize, Harvard University
  • 2004-2008: American Chemical Society Scholar