Melissa is a member of the Anthropology, Politics and Policy Group in the Department of Global Health and Development. Her research builds on a multi-disciplinary training in Human Sciences and a DPhil (which combined methods and approaches current in social and biological anthropology) from Oxford University. Research questions have typically emerged from extensive periods of ethnographic fieldwork, and engage with global health policies and practice. Topics investigated include biosocial approaches to the control of neglected tropical diseases in Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania, mental health and healing in war zones, health-related quality of life in Kenya, female circumcision in northern Sudan, HIV/AIDS and sexual networks in the UK. .
In October 2014, she established the Ebola Response Anthropology Platform with colleagues from the Institute of Development Studies and the Universities of Sussex, Exeter and Njala, Sierra Leone.