Emily Cross is a PhD student at the I04 and B21 beamlines, jointly supervised by Dr David Aragão and Dr Nathan Cowieson at Diamond Light Source. Emily has also completed a lab-based portion of her studies at Charles Sturt University (CSU), Australia, under the supervision of Professor Jade Forwood. Her PhD work is investigating the structure, binding interface, and potential inhibition of proteins involved in nucleocytoplasmic shuttling in human health and disease. She is incorporating a wide range of structural biology techniques including X-ray crystallography and Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS), alongside biochemical and biophysical methods for assessment of protein-protein interactions.
After completing a Bachelor of Science at CSU in 2017, Emily was introduced to structural biology research during her Honours degree (CSU, 2018) in a project investigating enzymes involved in fatty acid biosynthesis from multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii. Emily solved the structures of multiple enzyme homologs, and she was awarded first-class honours and the university medal for her thesis. Following this, Emily was employed as a research assistant and worked on a range of projects involving nuclear transport proteins. In September 2020, she was awarded a jointly funded PhD scholarship between CSU and Diamond Light Source. Emily recently moved to the UK to complete the second half of her candidature at the synchrotron.Email: email@example.com