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Melanie is a Heart Foundation (Australia) Future Leader based in the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney. Her work focusses on understanding molecular changes in the heart in response to physiological challenges, including ischemia/reperfusion injury and type 2 diabetes. Her laboratory uses mass spectrometry to investigate changes in protein, metabolite and lipids profiles in rodent models of disease. Given the nature of these pathologies, they also use mass spectrometry to identify post-translational modifications important in the adaptation process, with a focus on phosphorylation and redox modifications. Her lab also specializes in the development of animal models, small animal imaging, ex-vivo perfusion and histology. At the completion of her PhD, Melanie was awarded a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Overseas Fellowship, which allowed her to undertake her postdoctoral research at Johns Hopkins (School of Medicine). Upon her return to Australia, she was funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) DECRA fellowship. Melanie teaches undergraduate biochemistry and pathology and she is on the editorial board of the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology. Melanie was the recipient of the Early Career Award (2011) from the Australasian Proteomics Society and is the Secretary of the 25th Annual Lorne Proteomics Symposium and chair of the 1st Lorne Bioinformatics and Data Visualisation Symposium.