Emily received her BA in English from Colorado Christian University in December of 2003, and earned her BSc in Biology and BS in Theoretical Mathematics with a minor in Chemistry from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2012. Emily worked toward an MS in Mathematics at University of Colorado Denver and at University of Alaska Fairbanks. Emily is currently working as a Research Associate in the laboratory of Diane Ordway at Colorado State University. As an undergraduate, Emily conducted research on the stringent control of antimicrobial peptide resistance in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium, under the supervision of Andres Vazquez-Torres as part of the GEMS biomedical research fellowship at University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus. Additionally, Emily participated in measuring apoptosis in human endothelial cells in response to the HIV protein Nef in the Flores lab at University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus. Emily also spent over a year of her time as an undergraduate working in the Haskins lab, in the Immunology department, at National Jewish Health managing breeder colonies and verifying genotypes of all experiment mice in the lab. The study and practice of microbiology and the mathematical modeling of synthetic biological networks have been key interests for Emily since 2008. With over five years of experience employing molecular and cell biology techniques, Emily looks forward to studying Mycobacterium tuberculosis in the Ordway lab. In her free time, Emily enjoys running, bicycling, hiking with dogs, knitting, singing, writing, and spending time with friends and family. Emily’s greatest accomplishment of the past year was finishing the Equinox Marathon in Fairbanks, Alaska in September of 2014.