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Emily studied Biology at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. While at college, she worked as an undergraduate researcher for Dr. John McDowell and Dr. John Jelesko and investigated the evolution of plant disease resistance genes in the model plant Arabidopsis.
After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology in 2010, Emily accepted a position as a Research Technician in the FlyLight Team Project at Janelia. Emily quickly mastered Drosophila adult and larval brain and ventral nerve cord dissection and within a year was promoted to lead technician of the FlyLight Lineage Mapping Project where she led a group of four technicians and worked closely with Takesi Awasaki of Tzumin Lee's Lab to produce high quality data for mapping the Drosophila central brain based on lineage.
During her time in FlyLight, Emily realized that what she enjoyed most was supporting the scientists at Janelia. This realization led her to apply for a position as a Laboratory Coordinator since they work closely with Janelia Researchers.
After taking an introduction to python course offered at Janelia, Emily began taking on technical projects for her labs. The skills she developed through these projects led her to pursue a position in Janelia's Scientific Computing Department. In August 2017, Emily accepted a position as Application Developer.
In August 2013, Emily received her M.S. in Engineering Management from George Washington University.