Emma graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA, with a BA in physics and computer science in 2013. Most recently since then, she has built systems to facilitate computational molecular dynamics research at D. E. Shaw Research and worked on exoplanet climate modeling in the astrobiology group at NASA GISS, both in New York City. Her research interests include networks and complexity as applied to life in the universe and also to the flow of scientific information through academia and society. The latter research interest has motivated her to volunteer at the World Science Festival in NYC, volunteer-teach computer science, attend open science hackathons.

She is now attending a PhD program in History of Science at UC San Diego, CA, USA.