Emily Christopher

Research Scientist

Emily is an undergraduate student at Heriot-Watt University and is in her final year of the Biological Sciences (Human Health) programme. Having previously completed a summer internship with the IOM, she has returned as a part-time research scientist while she completes her degree. Upon graduation she plans to undertake postgraduate study in public health, with a keen interest in health promotion, research, epidemiology and infectious diseases. 

Emily has previously completed an internship with the GRACIOUS project, reviewing literature to assess the use of different testing strategies used to evaluate the safety of nanomaterials. As part of her studies at Heriot-Watt she has written papers assessing the effect of silver nanomaterials on the gastrointestinal microbiota, and is currently writing her honours project, a comparative analysis between Candida auris and other invasive fungal species to identify potential inhibition strategies.

Working with the IOM Research Division, Emily contributes to a variety of projects, including literature reviews, sourcing information to update occupational exposure limit documents and human biomonitoring databases. She thoroughly enjoys the diversity of the work which is setting her up perfectly for her future career goal of improving human health.


Contact Details:


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

Research Interests:

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

  • Health promotion through lifestyle and behaviour changes
  • Environmental effects on microbiome and disease outcomes
  • Ways of limiting communicable infectious diseases
  • Improving public health policy