Melissa Pourpak, PhD

Field Application Scientist & Sales Panel

Job Title: Field Application Specialist

Current Employer: Becton Dickinson


  • Postdoctoral fellowship at Texas Children’s Research Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX (2012-2016)

  • Postdoctoral fellowship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN (2007-2012)

  • PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology, Emory University, Atlanta GA (2000-2006)

  • B.A. in Biology/Chemistry, Goucher College, Baltimore, MD (1996-2000)


My research career focused primarily on the mammalian process of cell death, the genes that control cell death, and how cell death is subverted by cancer cells to establish and promote carcinogenesis while also contributing to resistance to treatment. I switched from academia to industry as a Field Application Specialist focusing first on Next Generation Sequencing with Illumina, and later moving to Becton Dickinson to specialize on single cell multiomics.

Most useful skill sets acquired from/for your field:

  • Deep knowledge of genetics and 15+ years of bench/research experience

  • Strong love of/experience with teaching

  • Customer-centric approach

  • Troubleshooting skills and attention to detail

What I love most about my job:

I absolutely love everything about the FAS life: Planning experiments with customers, teaching them, celebrating their successes and helping them through their problems.

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