Emily Christopher

Research Scientist

Emily began her journey at IOM with an internship as a Research Assistant, and returned as a part-time Research Scientist while completing her studies at Heriot Watt University. She has since graduated with a first class honours degree in Biological Sciences (Human Health) and will continue her work with the IOM while she completes a Master in Public Health (MPH) degree at the University of Edinburgh.

Prior to joining IOM, Emily worked with the GRACIOUS project, assessing the testing strategies used to evaluate the safety of nanomaterials. As part of her studies at Heriot-Watt, she investigated the effects of silver nanomaterials on the gastrointestinal microbiota, and for her honours project performed a comparative analysis between the novel pathogen Candida auris and other invasive fungal species in an attempt to identify potential inhibition strategies.

Working with IOM Research Division, Emily contributes to a variety of projects related to toxicology and occupational exposure, this includes data gathering, conducting systematic literature reviews, writing guidance documents as well as updating occupational exposure limit documentation and human biomonitoring databases. She thoroughly enjoys the diversity of the work which aligns perfectly with her career goal of improving human health.

Contact Details:


  • CertHE Health Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences (Human Health) 

Society Memberships:

  • Associate Member of the Royal Society of Biology (AMRSB)

Research Interests:

Emily’s research interests lie in the area of human health and interventions to prevent disease, including:

  • Health Promotion
  • Human Microbiome and Disease Outcomes
  • Prevention Of Communicable Diseases
  • Improved Public Health Policy