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PhD candidate, University of Cambridge

Emma is a PhD candidate with the Growth and Development programme with support from the Medical Research Council, supervised by Dr Ken Ong. Her research examines the genetic and environmental determinants of eating behaviour. During her first year, Emma was awarded an MPhil in Epidemiology from the University of Cambridge. The title of her thesis was: Body composition phenotypes associated with body mass index-related genetic variants.

Prior to joining the Unit, Emma graduated from the University of Oxford with a First Class honours degree in Human Sciences (2012) and a research MSc in Psychiatry (2014). Her MSc thesis explored the potential utility and design of internet-based early interventions for eating disorders and she remains interested in potential of digital technologies to support behavioural change. Emma has also worked as a research assistant at the University of Oxford’s Department of Psychiatry at the Centre for Research on Eating Disorders at Oxford (CREDO). Beyond her studies, Emma has represented both Oxford and Cambridge University in the Oxford-Cambridge Lightweight Women’s Boat Race.


  • 2015–present
    PhD candidate, University of Cambridge


  • 2015 
    University of Cambridge, MPhil Epidemiology
  • 2014 
    University of Oxford, MSc (by research) Psychiatry
  • 2012 
    University of Oxford, BA(Hons) Human Sciences


  • 2017
    Mediation and modification of genetic susceptibility to obesity by eating behaviors.,
  • 2017
    Associations between body mass index-related genetic variants and adult body composition: the Fenland cohort study,