Dr. Melyssa Minto is a bioinformatics scientist with expertise in integrative multi-omic analyses, neurobiology, and epigenomics. Her work focuses on the integration of different forms of genomic data using advanced statistical techniques and bioinformatic tools. Currently, Dr. Minto is involved in several projects that leverage genomic and genetic data to provide insights into human health. Her work includes characterizing gene networks important in substance use disorders, including alcohol use disorder and opioid use disorder, and estimating prevalence of disease causing genomic variants.
Prior to RTI, her research involved integrating transcriptomic and epigenomic data to predict transcription factor mediated neuronal plasticity. Dr. Minto is also passionate about increasing diversity in the computational biology and bioinformatics fields. Since 2020, she has been active in promoting professional development for and fostering a global community of Black women scientists through leadership positions within the Black Women in Computational Biology network.