Experience: Emery’s primary research interest is neurodegeneration, specifically, mechanisms of neuron death, and neuroprotective strategies. She recently earned her B.S. in neuroscience from the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Science and Technology Honors Program. There, she worked in the labs of Dr. John Shacka and Dr. Timothy Kraft. Her thesis project investigated the effects of alpha-galactosidase-A on alpha-synuclein accumulation and clearance in a cell model of Parkinson Disease. She also used the optokinetic response and electroretinogram recordings from mice to study the effects of heterozygous progranulin mutation, a mutation seen in frontotemporal dementia, on vision. She began her graduate studies at Van Andel Institute Graduate School in August 2017 and joined the lab of Dr. Juan Du in January of 2018. Her dissertation research will investigate the role of TRP channels and calcium flux in dopaminergic neuron death in Parkinson’s disease. She is currently learning single particle cryo-EM and patch clamp electrophysiology techniques to investigate this question.