Mélise Edwards

Welcome to my website! I am a 4th year PhD Candidate in the Hormones & Cognition and Evolutionary Genomics labs at UMass Amherst and the founder of MUSE Mentorship. I am interested in age-related cognitive decline and the role of hormones like estrogens in cognition and cell signaling.

What role do hormones like estrogen play in age-related cognitive decline? What underlies sex differences in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease? I study common marmosets as they naturally age as well as marmoset iPSCs to investigate the role of estradiol at the behavioral, cellular and molecular level.


I am entering the 4th year of my PhD program in the Neuroscience and Behavior program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. To learn more about my current research, click the image or text above.

Interviews & Features

I am a rock-climber for Organic Climbing, BeastFingers Climbing & ABK Company. To see media features, interviews and athletic mentions please click the image or text above.


To read some of my thoughts on science, animals in research, grant writing, racial justice and more please click the text or image above.

To learn more about M.U.S.E. and request a mentor, click the link below.