Melina Hale is a professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy and Neurobiology and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Using predominantly zebra fish, Hale’s lab studies neural circuits that control limb and axis movement and how that movement changes over time. Movement changes can be seen both in the short time frame of development (for instance as tadpoles become frogs) and over evolutionary time.
Hale is a principal investigator on an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) grant and her enthusiasm for teaching has been recognized with a graduate teaching award. Hale is also involved in outreach to local schools. In addition, Hale is Dean of faculty affairs.