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Melissa Shelby

Melissa Wadulisi Shelby Is an Indigenous-American Bioscientist who enjoys teaching and feels working with kids is great fun. She focused her work in green chemistry during her Masters’ education in Professional Science with a concentration in Biotechnology, accompanied with a Graduate Minor in Bioscience Research. Her research work spanned from biofuel development to natural products chemistry, and ethnobotanical pharmaceuticals, or medicinal plant, research. She continues research and development with private Life Science companies in the Natural Products and Healthcare industries. She supported her undergraduate and graduate programs at MTSU through teaching; she taught the University’s Physical Science, General Chemistry, and Honor’s Chemistry labs. Ms. Shelby has been active in the homeschooling community with her own children, and as a tutor, since 2002. She has taught K-12 Math, Science, Biology, Level I Spanish and French, and South East US History from the Indigenous Perspective. Melissa is an avid traveler and thrives in natural living, loves canoeing and sleeping under the stars. As a Cherokee person, she enjoys sharing her culture and produces many Indigenous American events for the community, including MTSU’s 2017 Powwow.

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