Emma completed her BSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) in 2012 where she was a recipient of the University of Canterbury Dux Scholarship. Following a summer research project with Colin Jackson at the Australian National University she returned to Canterbury to complete an MSc(Hons) in Chemistry under the supervision of Emily Parker where she was awarded the Cuth J Wilkins prize in Chemistry. She worked as a Chemistry teacher in the Bridging Programme at the University of Canterbury before starting her PhD in Structural Biology at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience under the supervision of Brett Collins and Jenny Martin. Emma is the recipient of a UQ research scholarship, an IMB research advancement award, and an Australian Institute for Nuclear Science and Engineering postgraduate research award.