Marta Melé is a computational biologist interested in understanding the information that is encoded in our DNA. Understanding this information allowed her to study what routes humans took when migrating out of Africa 50,000 years ago or how Ebola virus interacts with host genes during infection. Her current work involves studying how the genes encoded in our DNA are regulated differently between individuals. The goal of this work is to be able to explain why some individuals have susceptibility to certain diseases and others do not. She earned her PhD at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and then moved in Roderic Guigó’s lab at the Center for Genomic Regulation (Barcelona, Spain). She is currently an LSRF postdoctoral fellow in Dr. John Rinn’s lab affiliated both at Harvard University and at the Broad Institute.