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Emily Bates
Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Brigham Young University

Emily Bates 

Emily received her Ph.D. in Genetics from Harvard Medical School/Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and her Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of Utah. Emily is now a professor at Brigham Young University where she enjoys helping students catch the excitement of scientific discovery, learning from other scientists how they are solving questions, and making new connections with data that answers important questions.

How has your participation in the Bioscience Program had an impact on your career?
The Bioscience Undergraduate Research Program funded my research experience in Dr. Anthea Letsou's laboratory in Human Genetics.  She was and is the best mentor in science I could have possibly had and has continued to help me in my career. I still use the skills I learned in her lab today and my research experience was what earned me a position in my class at Harvard.

What advice would you give current students who aspire to follow a similar career path?
Delve into research as soon as you can.  Find a good mentor. Believe in your potential--- shoot for the things you want even if they seem impossible.  They may work out.

What accomplishments are you most proud of (professionally and/or personally)?
One of my most proud professional accomplishments was figuring out a plausible molecular mechanism for fetal alcohol syndrome and publishing a paper showing that an ion channel that sets membrane potential feeds into a signaling pathway that is important for pre-natal development.  One of my most proud personal accomplishments was representing the U.S. in a marathon in Kenya and earning 10th place in the competition.

What do you enjoy doing with your free time?  Family?  Hobbies?  Interests?
I love to run and race marathons. I like to play my violin and played for the University of Utah Symphony Orchestra and for Harvard's Longwood Symphony.  I love to travel, ski, hike, and backpack.  Sometimes I get to combine those for the ultimate vacation: hiking in Morocco, backpacking in Patagonia, and racing a marathon in Kenya are probably my favorite trips.

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