Emma is the INFANT Centre’s Biobank Manager in University College Cork. She has had responsibility for the biobank repository since the inception of the SCOPE pregnancy study in Cork University Maternity Hospital in 2008.
Emma's expertise lies in managing the lifecycle of precious clinical assets to better enable advancements in translational research, working to currently accepted best practices: ISBER, OECD and MMI guidelines. She specialises in the creation of customised work flows for biobanks that are split across continents in multi-centred studies.
Emma’s passion for long term cold storage of biological samples has seen her consult with emerging and established biobanks both in Ireland and internationally, particularly in the perinatal area. Her particular areas of interest are the sustainability of biobanks and the creation of global standards in the biobanking field. Emma is the national academic representative for ISO TC 276 for WG2 Biobanking and Bioresources and a member of the Education and Training Committee of ESBB. She is eager to share experiences and values a cohesive grassroots approach to the challenges involved in biostorage. Emma has an MSc. in Biotechnology and has experience of working in academic, semi-state and industrial environments.