About

Melanie Stefan I am a Senior Lecturer at Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences. My research lab is affiliated with the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences and with the Patrick Wild Centre for Research into Autism, Fragile X Syndrome and Intellectual Disabilities at the University of Edinburgh.

My research interests revolve around using computers to understand learning and memory, from simulating how proteins in the brain work together to strengthen the connection between neurons to using educational data to understand how students learn. My teaching appointment is at the Zhejiang University/University of Edinburgh Joint Institute in China, where I am contributing to the development and delivery of the Joint Degree Honours programmes in Biomedical Sciences and Biomedical Informatics.

I did my pre- and postdoctoral work with Nicolas Le Novčre at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) in Cambridge (UK). During that time, I also spent six months as a visiting fellow in Shinya Kuroda's lab at the University of Tokyo. I obtained my PhD from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and Clare College, Cambridge in 2009. After that, I worked as a postdoc in neuroscience with Mary B.Kennedy at the California Institute of Technology (2010-2013), and then as a lecturer and curriculum fellow for quantitative biology at Harvard Medical School (2013-2014). I joined the University of Edinburgh as a leturer in 2015, and was promoted to senior lecturer in 2020.

My Erdös-Bacon number is (at most) 8.

My research group at the University of Edinburgh can be found here.