Melia is a theoretical physicist, artist, and teacher.  She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Rice University.

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About Me

Rice University, Houston TX

Dickinson College, Carlisle PA

SITE Program, Lombardy Italy

  • Teaching Assistant (Academic Years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015)

Stony Brook University, Stony Brook NY

Portrait photo credit: Hussain Hijazi Photography
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Melia does theoretical research in applied physics to investigate modular structure and function in biology, encompassing topics in immunology and cognition.  In prior work, she researched topics in optics and thermodynamics.

What is modularity?

A module refers to an individual unit that can be combined with other individual units to form a more complex structure. Modularity defines how independent each of these individual units are. The extent to which modularity is beneficial or disadvantageous depends on the complexity and timescale of the activities being carried out.

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Policy Brief

M.W. Deem, M.E. Bonomo, and K.R.W. Matthews, “Improving the Effectiveness of the Annual Flu Vaccine,” Policy brief no. 10.29.18. Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, Houston, Texas.

Research Articles

M. E. Bonomo, A. K. Brandt, J. T. Frazier, C. Karmonik “Music to My Ears: Neural modularity and flexibility differ in response to real-world music stimuli,” IBRO Neuroscience Reports, 2022.

M. E. Bonomo, R. Y. Kim, M. W. Deem, “Modular epitope binding predicts influenza quasispecies dominance and vaccine effectiveness: Application to 2018/19 season,” Vaccine, 37(24): 3154-3158, 2019.

M. E. Bonomo and M. W. Deem, “Reply to Xu and Ye: On the sufficiency of the pEpitope method,” Clinical Infectious Diseases, 68(2): 347, 2019.

M. E. Bonomo and M. W. Deem, “Predicting influenza H3N2 vaccine efficacy from evolution of the dominant epitope,” Clinical Infectious Diseases, 67(7): 1129-1131, 2018.

Review Article

M. E. Bonomo and M. W. Deem, “The physicist’s guide to one of biotechnology’s hottest new topics: CRISPR-Cas,” Physical Biology, 15 041002, 2018.

Book Chapter

M. E. Bonomo and M. W. Deem, “How the other half lives: CRISPR-Cas’s influence on bacteriophages,” in Evolutionary biology: Self, non-self evolution, species and complex traits; evolution, methods and concepts edited by Pierre Pontarotti, Springer Nature, 2017.

Other Publications

M. E. Bonomo,  “Isabelle Stone: breaking the glass ceiling with thin films and teaching,” published online by the American Physical Society Forum on the History of Physics, 2019. (Essay Contest Award)

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