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Melina's interest in computational biology started in middle school when she began studying the intersection of science and technology. Her programming experience ranges from Python and JavaScript to HTML and CSS. She works to promote STEM opportunities for females by mentoring girls at Yale Girls' Science Investigations and captaining her school's Science Olympiad team. This past summer, she interned at the Yale Medical School in the Department of Pathology, exploring the role of histone demethylases in cancer epigenetics. Outside of STEM, she is a competitive martial artist and varsity debater, president of her Student Government, and a member of both citywide and state councils. Melina is also a member of the National Honor Society, an AP Scholar with Honor, and a National Merit Commended Scholar. She was selected to serve as a United States Senate Page during her junior year, where she lived and worked in Washington, D.C. for a semester. She hopes to use her passions in computer science, biology, and politics to advance healthcare informatics.