S.B. Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, UC Berkeley, 2016
Advisor: Prof. Rachel Segalman
Postdoctoral Research Fellow Harvard University, 2017-2020
Advisor: Prof. Jennifer Lewis
Emily Davidson joined Princeton University as an Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering in January 2021. She carried out her graduate research at UC Berkeley (Ph.D. 2016) and UC Santa Barbara with Professor Rachel Segalman, where she synthesized and studied (1) conjugated block copolymers to probe the interplay between crystallization and self-assembly and (2) sequence-defined block copolymers to gain insights into the role of secondary chain shape in block copolymer self-assembly. In 2017, Emily joined Professor Jennifer Lewis's group at Harvard University as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, where her research focused on the development and 3D assembly of liquid crystal elastomers with light-activated dynamic bonds. Emily received her bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010. From 2010-2012, Emily taught high school chemistry and physics through the Teach for America program. Emily has received a number of awards and honors including the Scientista 'Young Professional' Award (2019), a DOE Early Career award (2022), and the Princeton School of Engineering Alfred Rheinstein Faculty Award (2023).
By joining Princeton, Emily returned to her home state of New Jersey (she grew up in Bridgewater, NJ and attended Bridgewater-Raritan High School!). In her free time, Emily enjoys being active (hiking, bicycling, and running), photography, taking care of her impressive collection of houseplants, and spending time with her husband, two children, and their 86 lb Bernese Mountain Dog 'Peaches'.