Melissa A. Henriksen, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA. Her laboratory studies epigenetic mechanisms in the regulation of gene expression. Her research has implications for human disease, including cancer and auto-immunity. She has published research articles in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, The FASEB Journal, Epigenetics & Chromatin, Cell, Genes & Development and The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Professor Henriksen teaches a seminar on the science of epigenetics for seniors and graduate students at UVA. She also teaches in the UVA Medical School. She has taught Introductory Biology, as well as courses on Stem Cells and Cancer Biology at Fordham University. She received her BA in Chemistry from The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and her PhD in Biological Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. She was a postdoctoral fellow at The Rockefeller University in New York City.