Melanie Chandra is an actress and co-founder of the not-for-profit Hospital for Hope, India. She currently stars as first year resident "Malaya Pineda" in the new CBS medical drama CODE BLACK. She also appears in new Netflix's new comedy series, BROWN NATION. Last summer she made her cable debut on the HBO dark comedy THE BRINK as "Fareeda," acting alongside Jack Black, Tim Robbins, and Aasif Mandvi.
Her former TV work includes guest spots on NASHVILLE, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, PARENTHOOD, and NCIS LA. She has recently been profiled in the HBO documentary EAST OF MAIN STREET alongside Lucy Lui, Daniel Dae Kim, and nine other Asian-Americans in Hollywood. She holds a 2nd Degree black belt in Shotokan Karate and a Mechanical Engineering degree from Stanford University.