About Emma Thompson
My PhD in molecular microbiology (investigating the function of RpoN in transcription initiation of nitrogen fixation genes) was awarded by the John Innes Centre and University of East Anglia, UK. Following a brief spell in R&D, developing automated microscopy for cryptosporidium monitoring, I moved into corporate communications, initially at drug discovery company, Astex, then the Babraham Institute, UK. Subsequently, I worked for around 10 years in various professional associations, developing membership strategy and communications. I'm currently a director/owner of a research consultancy serving the professional membership sector, and a freelance community manager.