Emily was born and raised in Georgia and has steadily been moving up the coast for school since she left home. In North Carolina, she earned a chemistry BS, a biology minor, and a creative writing minor from UNC Chapel Hill. Now, she is living in Branford, Connecticut with her fiancé, Chris, and their pets while she pursues her chemistry PhD at Yale. As an undergraduate, she discovered her love for chemistry research during her first summer research program, a chemistry REU at Georgia Tech where she worked on achieving targeted cancer therapy through the synthetic combination of HDAC inhibitors and NSAIDs. From then forward, she did synthetic research during her semesters at UNC Chapel Hill. First, she worked at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, where she helped synthesize bioactive natural products as clinical trial candidates for the treatment of cancer or AIDS. Later, she moved to Dr. Michael Crimmins’ lab, where she worked toward the novel total synthesis of the natural product Brianthein W. Her research interests led her to participate in a chemical biology REU program at Vanderbilt University, during which she worked on a novel synthetic route toward a UV-cleavable bicyclononyne-biotin tag. Finally, during the summer before her senior year of undergrad, she flew to Jena, Germany to synthesize candidate compounds for a Notch inhibitor-focused SAR project. Now, Emily is interested in the combination of organic chemistry and chemical biology and is motivated to find chemical solutions to biological and medical problems. In the Spiegel lab, she is working on the synthesis and analysis of bifunctional molecules with possible therapeutic applications. In her free time, Emily enjoys playing with her pup, a ridiculously smart Australian shepherd named Joey, training her cats, writing, cooking (and eating) delicious food with her fiancé, and playing violin in the Hamden Symphony Orchestra.