Dr Emma Briggs


Early Career Representative (2022-)

President's Medal Winner, 2021

Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Edinburgh

Dr Emma Briggs is a Sir Henry Wellcome Fellow based at the University of Edinburgh and affiliated with the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Parasitology, University of Glasgow. Emma researches the African trypanosome genome, life cycle differentiation and cell cycle regulation. She completed her PhD with Prof. Richard McCulloch in Glasgow where she studying triple-stranded nucleic acid structures, called R-loops, and their role in Trypanosoma brucei genome maintenance and VSG switching. She later moved to the University of Edinburgh where she uses single cell transcriptomics to study T. brucei life cycle stage differentiation in the mammal to identify the dynamic transcript changes and dissect mixed parasite populations.  Emma was awarded the BSP President’s Medal, before joining the council herself as an early career researcher representative. As a council member, Emma is focused on engaging early career researchers with BSP activities and improving the capacity of BSP to support its members.

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