Mélise Edwards

Mélise Edwards

Welcome to my website! I am a 2nd year PhD student in the Hormones & Cognition lab at UMass Amherst and the founder of MUSE Mentorship. I am interested in age-related cognitive decline and the role of hormones like estrogen 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 a second year PhD student 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 my thoughts on science, animals in research, politics, intersectionality, 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.