As the CEO of Seeding Labs, Melissa P. Wu, PhD connects scientists and institutions around the world to help reduce barriers to scientific discovery. Part scientist, part engineer, and part facilitator, Dr. Wu brings strategic insight and rigorous methodology together with a dedication to helping people to her work. Dr. Wu has revamped Seeding Labs’ Instrumental Access program, increasing efficiency while expanding its impact via additional partnerships. Dr. Wu is driven by two overarching values: that scientific research is a critical tool for improving human lives, and that research thrives and we as a community make the best discoveries when we foster diversity in perspectives, approaches, and ideas. Joining these two ideas has given her a career focus on creating opportunities for people of all backgrounds to engage in scientific research. Her previous positions at the Harvard Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership introduced local Boston and Cambridge high school students, particularly from disadvantaged and minority backgrounds, to scientific research. Her work at the BioBuilder Educational Foundation helped spread knowledge and capacity to teaching the relatively new synthetic biology discipline to high schools across the US. She’s proud to have mentored many students through programs at Journal of Emerging Investigators, Harvard University, Children’s Hospital Boston, and MIT.