Melinda has a degree in biology from Cornell University, as well as a forensic science degree with a concentration in forensic molecular biology from The George Washington University. She always knew she wanted to pursue a career in forensic science and previously worked at the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory as DNA analyst—before moving on to her current position at the FBI.
Melinda’s particular role in her team is to analyze the data generated in the laboratory, write a report detailing the results, and testify to those results in court. Her overall goal when performing her duties is to serve the American people by providing foundationally sound and validated scientific analysis that can be presented in trial proceedings.
“What gets me excited to come into work is the challenge of the science and its application to the FBI mission. I enjoy the science of molecular biology and DNA analysis, but being able to take that information and apply it in a way that helps the American people to solve crimes is incredibly satisfying.”
“There are two qualities needed to be successful at the FBI—flexibility and tenacity. With flexibility, you can adapt to change and work with the resources you have, because the American people need you to do your job. In order to complete your work, you also have to be tenacious and face those challenging situations.”