Mel started a VR research group at what is now Queen Mary, University of London in 1991, and joined the Department of Computer Science at UCL in 1996 where he founded the Virtual Environments and Computer Graphics group.
He received the IEEE Virtual Reality Career Award in 2005: In Recognition of Pioneering Achievements in Theory and Applications of Virtual Reality.
Mel has individually received c. € 11 Million in funding from European-based grants, including two European Research Council Advanced Grants, the most recent started in 2018.
Alongside his role as Chief Scientific Officer at Virtual Bodyworks, Mel is the Director of Event Lab (Experimental Virtual Environments for Neuroscience and Technology) located at the University of Barcelona in the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology. In addition he is currently an Immersive Fellow with London's Digital Catapult.Mel has published c.260 papers in journals like Frontiers, IEEE, Nature and Lancet and has been cited c.25,000 times.