Duília F. de Melois an astronomer working at the Catholic University of America, where she teaches Physics and Astronomy. Duília , a native of Brazil, obtained a PhD from the University of Sao Paulo (USP), a MSc from the University of Alabama, a MSc from the Institute of Space Research (INPE) and a BS in Astronomy from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). She performs research with a team of researchers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center where she explores how galaxies formed and evolved to become like our own Milky Way. She is a regular user of the Hubble Space Telescope and other instruments in space and on the ground. She has in her resume a supernova that she discovered while observing the mountains of Chile and a collection of stellar nurseries discovered with the Hubble telescope. In 2014 she was named one of the 100 most influential Brazilians by Epoca magazine and Professional of the Year by Diaspora Brazil.