Emily graduated from Truman State University in 2016 with her B.S. in chemistry. As an undergraduate, she worked with Dr. Tim Humphry on the synthesis of sulfate esters for atmospheric aerosol identification in air samples. She also worked with Dr. Jefferson Chan on the development of a fluorescent probe to bind lithium within biological systems. Emily joined the Hergenrother lab in the fall of 2016 as a Roger Adams Fellow, where she is working towards understanding requirements for accumulation of compounds in gram negative bacteria, with the goal of rationally designing gram-negative antibacterials.