Ms. Melissa Wooten is from Jacksonville, N.C., where she worked at Coastal Carolina Community College as a Chemistry Technician. Ms. Wooten graduated from North Carolina Central University where she specialized in Pharmaceutical Sciences and culturally competent chemistry instruction. Utilizing her Pharmaceutical background, she worked in the Rare Disease Unit at Pfizer in Sanford, N.C., upon graduation. She is particularly interested in protein engineering research. Hobbies outside of academia include paddle boarding with her dog and playing Dungeons and Dragons.