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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Biophysical Art

Imagine bringing artistic life to your favorite protein

Bring a creative flare to your lab’s website
Liven up the title slide of your next presentation
Add framed art to the walls of your office or home
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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.


M. E. Bonomo, “Investigating Modular Structure and Function in Biology: from Immunology to Cognition,” Rice University, 2020.

M. E. Bonomo, “Modularity and Hierarchy in CRISPR-Cas Target Recognition,” Rice University, 2018.

M. E. Bonomo,  “Analyzing the singularities of freezing sessile water droplets,” Dickinson College, 2013.

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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