Emilie Newsham Novak

Emilie is a 3rd year Ph.D. student in the Richards-Kortum lab in the Department of Bioengineering. Her research focuses on developing point-of-care diagnostics; specifically, she is working on a test to detect HPV mRNA in resource-limited areas to identify patients who are at high risk for cervical cancer. Emilie is passionate about improving global healthcare equity and is interested in the ways that intersectionality impacts this goal, including how considerations of race, gender, class, religion, and sexuality affect access to disease diagnosis and treatment. In the realm of teaching and learning, Emilie is interested in making classroom instruction more effective, equitable, and accessible for diverse students in diverse environments. In her pursuit of an academic career, Emilie hopes to change the landscape of STEM education to be more inclusive and better prepare all students for their future careers. Outside of the lab and the classroom, Emilie loves travel, cooking, and the outdoors. In Houston, you can find her bartending at Valhalla, going running and rock climbing, and scoping out the best vegetarian-friendly restaurants, cafes, and breweries.

Honors & Awards

CTE Graduate Fellow


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