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Katie Melville, Ph.D.

Katie Melville earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University, where she studied the mechanisms of bone formation and resorption. In particular, she elucidated the effects of sex hormones and their receptors on bone mass and architecture. She also researched estrogen's role in bone's response to mechanical loading. She has co-authored several peer-reviewed research papers, written book chapters, and has presented at national conferences, including those held by the Orthopaedic Research Society and the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.

Her interest in Ancestral Health and Functional Medicine began over a decade ago, when she started following Chris Kresser's articles and podcasts. Over the years, she has made significant changes to her family’s lifestyle, including adopting a Paleo diet template, installing a reverse-osmosis water filter, and incorporating a standing desk into her office space.

Since 2016, she has been honored to be a writer and researcher for Chris Kresser and Kresser Institute, relying on peer-reviewed literature and incorporating Chris's clinic experiences into her articles. Katie strives to understand the current knowledge surrounding human chronic disease, and enjoys digging deep into the scientific literature. She believes the future of healthcare lies in functional medicine.

Katie has also written for Natural Womanhood, a popular website that shares the benefits of fertility tracking and using natural, fertility awareness-based methods of birth control. For continued education, Katie has completed online courses from Stanford on scientific writing and how to critically interpret clinical trials.

Professionally, Katie works for Recruitomics Biotalent Consulting as a Scientific Recruiter for start-up biotech companies in the Boston area. Being in this role exposes her to the latest technological and medical

advancements.

She lives near Boston with her husband and 3 young children, and she enjoys powerlifting and cooking in her spare time.

Recent Articles by Katie Melville, Ph.D.

How the Gut Microbiome Programs the Immune System
Seventy percent of your immune system is in your gut. Find out what that means and learn more about how your microbiome influences your immune system.
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microbiome and immune system
How Does Nutrient-Depleted Soil Impact Our Food, and What Can We Do to Fix It?
The nutrient content of our soil directly impacts the nutrient density of our food. Find out how modern agriculture is leading to soil depletion and what we can do to stop the problem.
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depleted soil
8 Easy-to-Make AIP Diet Recipes
If you have an autoimmune condition, the autoimmune protocol (AIP) diet can help. Read on to learn how the AIP diet works and check out eight AIP recipes submitted by our readers.
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AIP Recipes
Why Overscheduling Your Child Can Contribute to Chronic Illness
An overscheduled child could be at a disadvantage compared to peers who engage in more child-driven, free play. Read on to learn about the downsides of overscheduling and the benefits of free play.
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overscheduled child
Low Progesterone and Pregnancy: How Progesterone Affects Your Fertility
Low progesterone can cause or contribute to infertility and miscarriages. Read on to learn progesterone’s role in pregnancy and find out what you can do if you suspect low progesterone.
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low progesterone and pregnancy
6 Ancestral Health Benefits of Music
All cultures throughout history created music, and it’s universal in our world today. Read on to learn about the health benefits of music and how it changes your brain, boosts your mood, and promotes well-being.
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health benefits of music
Why Pasture-Raised Animal Products Are Better for Your Health and the Environment
Do you want to eat healthy and also help the environment? Consider sourcing pastured animal products, which are both more nutritious and more eco-friendly than conventional products.
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pasture raised
Paleo Intermittent Fasting: How to Get the Benefits of Both Diets
Paleo and intermittent fasting (IF) go together naturally. Read on to learn how IF is in tune with ancestral health, how to implement IF while Paleo, and troubleshooting tips.
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paleo intermittent fasting
The Ancestral Diet for Women: 4 Health Conditions that Benefit from a Whole-Foods Approach
Think the Paleo diet is only for men? Think again. An ancestral diet for women provides high-quality nutrition and can help support health in four different scenarios. Read on to find out more.
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Ancestral diet for women