Emily is a geneticist and evolutionary biologist investigating how insects respond to changes in their environment. She uses genetics and genomics to study genes involved in resistance to chemical insecticides, and to investigate the impact of viral diseases on beneficial insects like honey bees. She uses laboratory and bioinformatics techniques including next generation sequencing, metagenomics, and controlled lab experiments with insects along with field collections, to understand the molecular basis of evolution.
Emily completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2012, using Drosophila melanogaster to investigate the genetic changes involved in the development of insecticide resistance. She joined the University of Sydney in 2012. Currently she focuses on understanding host-parasite interactions and the evolution of virulence in honey bee viruses.