Dr. Melissa Davis holds a PhD in Neurobiology and Behavior and is a consultant for Renaissance Periodization. She has 10 years of research experience studying somatosensory based disease intervention, cortical plasticity, and brain development at UC Irvine. Her work has been featured in Scientific American, published in high impact, peer reviewed journals, and recognized by faculty of 1000. Melissa has earned awards for teaching, scholarship, and excellence in research. She has also been involved in science outreach activities for over a decade. Melissa is currently a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Giva Santana at One Jiu Jitsu in Irvine, CA. She is a repeat IBJJF Master World Champion and has also represented the United States for her division in the international Abu Dhabi World Pro Competition twice. She is currently a scientific consultant at Renaissance Periodization, where she writes and edits books, develops nutrition and athletic training products, and coaches athletes and hobbyists in their fitness pursuits.