Wheeling Jesuit University, B.S., 2005
Biology Major - Summa Cum Laude
Louisiana State University, M.S.
University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D.
Keynote Address: "Research in Progress: Honest Results from a Life in Science"
Kevin Melody was raised in Keyser, WV, a small town along the Potomac River in the Eastern panhandle of WV. He attended Wheeling Jesuit University on a Laut scholarship and graduated summa cum laude in 2005 with a B.S. in Biology. During his tenure at WJU, he participated in social outreach organizations such as Circle K, Appalachian Experience Club, and the Mother Jones House. He was also involved in Campus Activities Board, student government, and served as the mascot for three years. After graduating from WJU, he attended Louisiana State University where he completed a M.S. in Fisheries in 2008. His research focused on foodborne pathogen remediation in oysters. He then worked three years as an animal caretaker at the USDA National Center for Cool and Cold Water Aquaculture, helping to manage rainbow trout genetic lines for a variety of research goals. Recently, he completed his doctoral dissertation on HIV-1 prophylaxis and selection of drug resistance in animal models. Kevin resides in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife Lannette Booth, also a WJU alumnus from the class of 2005, and their two daughters, Teresa and Diana.