Dr Emma Yhnell
Lecturer, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University (UK)
Emma obtained a BSc Honours degree in Biochemistry from Cardiff University before completing a PhD exploring Huntington’s disease (HD) in the laboratory. She then obtained an independent research fellowship funded by the Welsh Government through Health and Care Research Wales to translate her findings on cognitive training into the HD patient clinic. Her work looked to see if computerized brain training is feasible for people impacted by Huntington’s disease. Emma now works as a Lecturer at Cardiff University, teaching the next generation of budding scientists.
In addition to her research and teaching, Emma is experienced in public engagement, outreach and science communication. She is a regular media commentator and alongside writing award winning science communication articles, she has co-written books for the prestigious publisher Dorling Kindersley. She has presented her work in Parliament, spoken at the Hay Festival, Soapbox Science and Pint of Science. In 2018 she gave the Charles Darwin Award lecture at the British Science Festival and in 2019 she was the Welsh winner of the FameLab science communication competition.
Work profile: www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/225350-yhnell-emma
Personal website: emmayhnell.com