Dr. Melanie Yelton
VP of Research - LumiGrow
As head of the LumiGrow research program, Melanie works to propel the entire horticultural lighting industry forward in discovering new ways to elicit desirable crop characteristics through the use of LEDs. Prior to joining LumiGrow, Melanie served as a lecturer and research scientist at Stanford University. Melanie completed a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship in microbial signaling between Rhizobium and alfalfa at Stanford University. She earned a PhD in molecular biology from the University of California, Davis, where her work focused on plant pathogens. She holds an MS in the biochemistry of photosynthesis from the University of South Carolina, Columbia and a BS in biology from Virginia Tech. The recipient of numerous academic awards and accolades, Melanie is a patent holder for her work involving filamentous fungus such as Aspergillus strains. Earlier in her career, she served as director of sequencing at the Stanford DNA Sequence and Technology Center, a division of the Human Genome Project.