Unique Scientist: Emery Haley

Time to meet Emery Haley (They/them)! Emery is a biomedical researcher and a PhD candidate in cell and molecular biology in the USA!

What kind of scientist are you?
I am a biomedical researcher with a bachelors in neuroscience and currently earning my Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology. I am working to find better treatments for incurable chronic illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease and Type II Diabetes. In my science communication efforts, my goal is to build public awareness of science and combat stereotypes about science and scientists.

What made you want to become a scientist?
I wanted to become a scientist so that I could work to find answers to current questions in human health. Science allows me to satisfy my natural curiosity while doing work that will help others in the future.

“Science allows me to satisfy my natural curiosity while doing work that will help others in the future.”

Emery Haley

What makes you a #UniqueScientist?
I am unique because I am a member of the LGBT+ community (transgender – nonbinary and pansexual). I also have several tattoos and piercings.

What’s something cool you do outside of work?
Outside of work I like to go hiking and bouldering. I also appreciate the arts. I love to attend the ballet and symphony and I sketch and write poetry.

If you had one wish and could change anything in science, what would it be?
If I could change anything in science, I would make it so that the public (and everyone in general) appreciated science and found it easily accessible.

“I would make it so that the public appreciated science and found it easily accessible.”

Emery Haley

Who has inspired you the most in your journey to where you are now?
I have had several inspirational influences in my journey. My current mentor is an outstanding role model. As an early-career female scientist, she has already earned significant grant funding and multiple prestigious fellowships, and she has a large successful lab producing top-tier publications. Before I came to graduate school, the leaders of the STEM honors program at my undergraduate institution were my inspiration.

Let’s end on a high note! What’s something you’ve done this week that you’re proud of?
I recently celebrated my third wedding anniversary!


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