Emily is the Genomics Core Manager for the Genomics Core Facility at NSU’s Center for Collaborative Research. She began her career in the biotherapeutics industry where she focused on assessing viral and pathogen clearance and safety of manufacturing processes for plasma-derived protein therapies in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. In graduate school at NSU, her research was part of a block grant from BP oil to measure the Deepwater Horizon oil spill’s impact on the marine ecosystem. Her thesis focused on sequencing the transcriptome of a marine sponge to identify potential genetic biomarkers of environmental pollution following the largest oil spill in history. After completing her studies, she worked to develop novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer and viral infections using engineered cytokine technology platforms at a biopharmaceutical company in south Florida. Her graduate experience in next-generation sequencing led her to the University of North Dakota where she helped establish and manage the sequencing laboratory of the Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Epigenetics Bioinformatics Core Facility. She received formal training in RNA sequencing and analysis from National Institutes of Health and training in bioinformatics analysis of genomics data from the Bioinformatics Core Facility at the UC Davis Genome Center. Prior to joining the CCR, Emily worked at the Oncogenomics Core Facility at the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center where she provided standard and custom solutions for next-generation sequencing applications.
Emily earned her bachelor’s degree in Zoology from North Carolina State University and her master’s degree in Marine Biology from Nova Southeastern University.