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 in the 4th year of my PhD program in the Neuroscience and Behavior program. To learn more about my research, click the button below.


I am a rock-climber and have been a sponsored athlete for various outdoor companies for 6 years. To see media features, interviews and athletic mentions please click the button below.


To read some of my thoughts on science, animals in research, grant writing, Black and Native liberation globally and more please click the button below.

To learn more about MUSE Mentorship, click the link below.