Melissa Skala

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Investigator, Morgridge Institute for Research; Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics


Website: Melissa Skala's website

Phone: 608-316-4108

330 N Orchard St; Madison, WI 53715


PhD Biomedical Engineering, Duke University

Research Summary

  • Optical imaging
  • Metabolism
  • Cancer
  • Immunology
  • Machine learning

Research Details

Dr. Skala’s lab develops biomedical optical imaging technologies for cancer research, cell therapy, and immunology. Current projects focus on tumor immunology and immunotherapy, cell-level metabolic heterogeneity, and cell-cell interactions. Collaborative projects leverage these unique photonics-based tools for clinical problems, including quality control in T cell and stem cell therapies, designing personalized treatment plans for cancer patients, monitoring diseases in the eye, discovering new therapies for a range of diseases, and many others. Projects are highly diverse and range from translational research to hypothesis-driven questions to algorithm / instrumentation development.