Emma Jean Chory

Biomedical Engineering

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Emma Jean Chory Profile Photo
Emma Jean Chory Profile Photo


Emma Chory is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University. She received her B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University and her doctorate in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University. She became interested in epigenetics when she worked with Dr. James Bradner at Harvard Medical School and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute developing inhibitors of histone-modifying proteins that cause Mixed Lineage Leukemia. As a PhD student at Stanford, she worked with Gerald Crabtree studying chromatin remodeling complexes, and used synthetic biology in mammalian stem cells to discover how nucleosome turnover establishes cell fate and is mis-regualted in cancer. As postdoctoral fellow with Kevin Esvelt and Jim Collins at MIT, she developed novel systems to enable the high-throughput, systematic, and quantitative evolution of therapeutic proteins and cellular populations using automation and directed evolution.


  • Ph.D. Stanford University, 2018


  • Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Courses Taught

  • BME 791: Graduate Independent Study
  • BME 706L: Biotech Design II
  • BME 406L: Biotech Design II
  • BME 394: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)