Emily received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Kalamazoo College. She then went on to earn a Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of Michigan under the mentorship of Dr. Jason Spence. In the Spence lab, Emily characterized the cellular heterogeneity of the developing human intestinal stem cell niche and corresponding human intestinal organoid models. She applied insights from primary tissue to develop modified culture conditions that improved organoid complexity. In the Morris lab, Emily hopes to use intestinal organoids and in-house computational tools to study molecular drivers of small intestinal epithelial regional adaptation.