Melina Hale is the William Rainey Harper Professor in Organismal Biology and Anatomy and the College.
Vice Provost Melina Hale is engaged in a range of administrative initiatives including as liaison to administrative offices on University systems and human resources. Melina is the Office of the Provost’s lead on administrative systems improvements projects, working with faculty members and various offices of the University to modernize administrative systems and improve policies and processes. She provides administrative leadership to a number of centrally-reporting centers and institutes and supports the Marine Biological Laboratory. Additionally, she oversees emeriti initiatives and is the Office of the Provost point person on environmental research and sustainability. Her team in the Office of the Provost includes Ingrid Gould (associate provost), Philip Venticinque (assistant provost), and A. Özge Koçak Hemmat (associate director).
Melina is a member of the Committee of Neurobiology and the Committee on Computational Neuroscience. She is also a Fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago in 1998 and joined the faculty in 2002. At the University of Chicago, Melina’s service has included terms on the Council of the Senate, including as spokesperson for the Committee of the Council, Council of the College and on the Board of the Laboratory Schools. She was also a dean for faculty affairs in the Biological Sciences Division and served as co-interim director of the Marine Biological Laboratory.
Melina’s research integrates neuroscience and biomechanics to study neural control of movement. She collaborates with engineers to explore biological models that inform the design of engineered underwater propulsion systems. Melina was a National Academies/Howard Hughes Medical Institute Education Fellow and a Fellow of the Institute for Defense Analysis and received a National Science Foundation CAREER award. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. At the University of Chicago she has received a Wayne C. Booth Graduate Student Prize for Excellence in Teaching and The University’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring.