Emma graduated in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 1996, and subsequently gained a PhD in developmental biology at Kings’ College London, focussing on the role of neural crest cells in head development. She then left research to learn more about the potential for the web to transform scientific communication, in a role on the editorial team at BioMed Central. She then moved to Elsevier to help develop FIRSTConsult, an online clinical decision support tool. Emma joined PLOS in 2005, and divided her time between handling primary research papers on PLOS Medicine and advising PLOS ONE as a consulting editor for clinical research until she became the Senior Editor for PLOS ONE in 2013. Away from the office she indulges a variety of extracurricular activities involving such things as open-water swimming, reading experimental fiction, fusion cookery, and a passion for David Austin roses.