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Portrait of Emily Pearce

Emily Pearce, M.P.H.

Predoctoral Fellow

Emily Pearce joined the Clinical Genetics Branch (CGB) as a postbaccalaureate fellow in 2020. Ms. Pearce earned her M.P.H. from the Department of Health Behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she is currently a doctoral candidate through the NIH Graduate Partnership Program. For her doctoral research, she is studying the experience and management of medical uncertainty for patients with dyskeratosis congenita and their families, with a focus on the use of social media and virtual support programs. Ms. Pearce holds a graduate diploma in forced migration and refugee studies from the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and received her B.A. from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, in 2003.

Ms. Pearce is interested in intersections between health behavior and epigenetics, social epidemiology, and health disparities. She is working under the mentorship of Sharon A. Savage, M.D., Chief and senior investigator, to study telomere length measurement and how donor telomere length impacts recipient survival after hematopoietic cell transplantation.