Princeton University, Department of Chemistry
Emilia was born and raised in the Ecuadorian Andes and moved to the U.S. for college, where she obtained a degree in Chemistry from Smith College. She is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Chemical Biology at Princeton University in the Lab of Prof. Ralph Kleiner. Her focus is on epitranscriptomics (also known as RNA epigenetics), a relatively new field that studies how small chemical modifications in the building blocks of RNA can exert a large effect on gene expression. As a chemist, she wants to understand these pathways through a molecular perspective, so her research involves the creation of new chemical tools to interrogate the landscape and function of these modifications, for a N6-methyladenosine (m6A) and 5-methylcytosine (m5C). She relies mainly on chemical proteomics, activity-based proteomics, chemical synthesis, high-throughput sequencing, and quantitative mass spectrometry to understand the incidence and putative function of these marks in the cellular context.
In her free time, Emilia loves to run, write poetry, cook, and read and write about music. She is also an amateur photographer and a dark chocolate and bubble tea aficionado.