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Emma Turnbull

2018 William A. Dart Memorial University Scholar
2014 High School Scholar

Newcastle University, UK


Having completed two degrees by the age of 22, Emma is currently doing a PhD at Newcastle University researching immunology and virology with a focus on respiratory viruses. Beyond academic research, Emma has interned at various medical organisations in the Cayman Islands in the public and private sectors. A keen squash player, Emma is a member of the Cayman Islands national squash team as well as Newcastle University Women’s first squash team.

The Dart scholarship provided me with the finances to take my academic achievements and run with them. It allowed me to dream big and to not be afraid of taking the next step.

Emma Turnbull

University Scholar

Emma's highlights

  • Master’s of Research in Immunobiology (Distinction)
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences (first-class honours)
  • Cayman Islands national squash team, five-time Junior Champion
  • Newcastle University first team squash captain
  • Individual and team “full royals” from Newcastle University
  • A*/A grades in Maths, Biology and Chemistry A-levels at Cayman Prep & High School

Emma’s interest in immunology led her to an internship in 2021 at Newcastle University, where she worked on a project to create a 3D model of a human lung to better understand how to test novel therapeutic drugs to treat lung diseases. She enjoys life in the north of England and takes pride in her achievements on the squash court. In 2021, she represented the Cayman Islands at the Pan American Junior Games in Colombia and won two silver medals in the Caribbean Area Squash championships in Jamaica.

Emma Turnbull

After finishing her PhD, Emma hopes to have papers published and would like to stay in the field of academia or apply her research to industry. Inspired by her parents, she wants a career she enjoys and a healthy work-life balance.

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