Emma did her first degree in Genetics at the University of York, but discovered that her main interest lay in the implications of scientific research. After finishing her degree she moved to the Science and Technology Studies Unit (SATSU) at the University of York, undertaking an MA in Social Research specialising in Health, the Body, and Medical Technologies. This led to the opportunity to undertake a 1+3 PhD at the University of Edinburgh, based with the ESRC Innogen Centre and the Science Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS) subject area. She completed another masters in STIS, and her PhD looked at the development of a novel stem cell product to grow red blood cells in the laboratory for transfusion, in partnership with the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) and the Scottish Stem Cell Network. She was lucky enough to be asked by the SNBTS to continue working for them for a 21 month post-doc position, looking at public reactions to the development of cultured red blood cells.
In 2015 Emma joined the Unit to work with Mary Wells on the Swallowing Interventions Package (SiP), which is looking at the feasibility of delivering a swallowing exercise regime to patients receiving radiotherapy treatment for head and neck cancer.
Emma is especially interested in ways to support adherence, public understanding, interdisciplinary working, and tacit knowledge transfer. Emma also teaches on social research methods and basic genetics.