Emily Guggenheim obtained a BSc (Hons.) in Biochemistry from the University of Birmingham (2011) which stimulated her interest in Toxicology and Pharmacology. Emily then continued to study for, and gained with distinction, an MSc in Toxicology at the University of Birmingham. Her MSc was fully funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Following the realisation that interdisciplinary approaches offer significant advantages within the field of biological research, Emily then went on to pursue, and obtain with distinction, a second MSc within the interdisciplinary Physical Sciences for Imaging in the Biomedical Sciences (PSIBS) Doctoral Training Centre (DTC), fully funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC). The PSIBS MSc is a challenging course that aims to train graduates from a variety of scientific backgrounds (Computer Sciences, Biological Sciences, Physics, Chemistry) in several key fields, including Computer Science and Image Analysis, Biological Sciences, Physics of Imaging Systems and Chemistry of Imaging Agents, in addition to Intellectual Property Training and Press Release Training. Emily then remained within the PSIBS DTC for her PhD studies, again fully funded by the EPSRC, and successfully defended her interdisciplinary PhD, titled “Development of Reflectance Imaging Methodologies to Investigate Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles”, in June 2017. Emily has since worked as a Research Fellow on two European Union (EU) projects: Framework Programme 7 (FP7) NanoMILE and Horizon2020 (H2020) ACEnano. Within these projects Emily has continued to work within the fields of nanosafety and nanotoxicology using tools such as cell culture, light and electron microscopy and image analysis, but also broadening her skill set to analytical instruments such as ICP-OES, ICP-MS and FFF.
Emily has collaborated extensively with Northwestern University, particularly within the Center for Advanced Microscopy (CAM) and Nikon Imaging Center (NIC) at the Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinios, USA. These collaborations were funded by grants secured from the Wellcome Trust Outward Mobility Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) and the North American Travel Fund. Since becoming a Research Fellow, a further collaboration was established with the NIC/CAM funded by a Northwestern Operating Support Grant. These collaborations have so far led to two first author publications for Emily, and an application note on MicroscopyU in collaboration with Nikon. Emily has also participated in several international conferences and training schools with a variety of roles including oral presentations, lectures and poster presentations, for more detail see below. Emily has published several research papers in journals such as PLoSOne, NanoImpact and International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, for more detail see below. Emily also studies for her international qualification in Leadership and Management (Level 2).