Emily Aurand

Emily Aurand

Director of Roadmapping and Education, EBRC

Emily is currently the Director of Roadmapping and Education at EBRC. Emily also acts as the EBRC Industry Internship Program Director. Prior to coming to EBRC, Emily was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation. At NSF her work in the CBET Division included evaluation and assessment of the Synthetic Biology and Biomanufacturing portfolios, collaboration on the strategic reorganization of CBET programmatic concentrations, and development and implementation of novel funding initiatives, in addition to serving as a subject matter expert (a biologist amongst engineers). During her AAAS fellowship, Emily also served as a co-chair of the fellows’ Science Diplomacy Affinity Group, which explores how science and technology cooperation can be used as a tool for diplomacy. Originally from Colorado, she received a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Colorado. She continued her academic training in Trieste, Italy with a neuroengineering post-doctoral fellowship at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA). Her research experience spans the fields of developmental neuroscience, biomaterial development, and neural tissue engineering and biocompatibility. In her free time, she likes to hike and do yoga, dance in her kitchen while she cooks, and snuggle with her elderly cats.