Emily Davis

Burlingame, CA, US
Field of Work 
Job Title or "Student" 
University of Pennsylvania (Bachelor's); University of California, San Francisco (PhD)
Biological Basis of Behavior (Bachelor's); Biomedical Sciences (PhD)
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
I am currently a researcher at Genentech investigating novel therapeutic treatments of liver cancer. I recently completed my PhD in Biomedical Sciences at UCSF. My graduate work examined the intersection of neurodegeneration, aging, and sexual dimorphism. More specifically, I focused on the mechanisms by which a 2nd X-chromosome may provide resilience to aging-related cognitive decline and neurodegenerative disease like Alzheimer’s. Prior to graduate school I attended college at the University of Pennsylvania and did research in a learning and memory lab. My undergraduate research focused on the effects of sleep deprivation on memory formation and consolidation, as well as examining learning and memory deficits in fragile X syndrome.

Growing up in rural New Hampshire with working-class parents left me with little opportunity to meet scientists or participate in scientific research. I was fortunate enough to shadow and work with graduate students at the University of New Hampshire through a program offered at my high school. Since then, I’ve been a big advocate for early, hands-on, curiosity-driven science education. I am also passionate about science outreach and communication. I love helping and mentoring others interested in careers in science!
Pets, Video games
Race & Ethnicity 
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, Job shadow, Online role model
My Experience 
I am a new Role Model.
Evenings, Weekends
Career exploration activities, Online Mentoring (email or Skype)
Program Affiliation 
NGCP Collaborative FabFem

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