Dunstana Rabelo Melo, PhD

Title: President, Chief Scientist

Company: Melohill Technology LLC

Location: Rockville, Maryland, United States

Dunstana Rabelo Melo, PhD, President and Chief Scientist of Melohill Technology LLC, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in research.

Melohill Technology is a woman-owned scientific research firm, specializing in researching, preventing and treating radiation health effects. Dr. Melo has been in the field for 35 years, and her firm’s mission is to improve public health by providing industry-leading biomedical research and consulting services for drug development, radiation dosimetry, and radiation emergency response. She leads as senior research specialist for a select working group of scientists consulting for the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR). Under Dr. Melo’s guidance, the working group is providing complex analysis and evaluation of the level of occupational exposure around the world from various sources of radiation.

Dr. Melo chose this as a career path because she has liked science since she was a child. She was curious and the doors were open to her to study biology with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and to earn an MS in biophysics, followed by a PhD in 1995. She further conducted postdoctoral coursework in radiation dosimetry with the National Cancer Institute, and worked as director of the Center for Countermeasures Against Radiation at the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute. Dr. Melo also served as head of internal dosimetry at the Institute of Radiation Protection and Dosimetry under the Brazilian Nuclear Energy Commission, which awarded her a 2002 Merit Honor Diploma.

Dr. Melo and her company conduct complex scientific research efforts and provide expert consulting for private and public organizations including key government agencies such as National Cancer Institute, the National Institutes of Health, and the United Nations. As a member of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), Melohill also cooperates with leading research laboratories such as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in California, the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute (LRRI) in New Mexico, the US Transuranium and Uranium Registries (USTUR) at Washington State University and Idaho State University. It is not always easy to get funding for research, but Dr. Melo is determined to succeed in her mission. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, golf, aquatic sports and spending time with friends. She is currently focused on teaching young PHD students from Idaho State to follow in her footsteps.

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