Emma has a background in Biological Anthropology (MA Cambridge, 1992) and a specific interest in the human ecology of infectious disease. Her DPhil (Oxon., 1996) involved laboratory and field research into the human genetics of malaria susceptibility with particular reference to the TNF gene (Institute of Molecular Medicine (now Weatherall Institute), Oxford and MRC laboratories, Basse, The Gambia). Subsequently, as the Hayward Research Fellow in Human Disease at Oriel College, Oxford, she shifted her focus to the history of malaria. Work with Dr. Mary Dobson at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Oxford, included an exhibition on the centenary of Ronald Ross’ elucidation of the mosquito mode of malaria transmission and work on the history of quinine.
Emma currently teaches on the Anthropology of Disease and Nutritional Anthropology papers of the Medical Anthropology MSc, ISCA, Oxford University, as well as on the Human Ecology and other papers within the Human Sciences BSc.
She has recently brought together her broad interests in human biology, ecology and evolution with her personal experiences of endurance running - as a former international athlete, running coach and organiser of running events- and is currently working on a monograph on the bio-cultural anthropology of long distance running.