Emma N. Goddery

Doctoral thesis research: Elucidating the effect of acute and chronic neuroinflammation on the fate of transplanted neural stem cells

Research focus

Emma N. Goddery is pursuing her doctoral degree in biomedical sciences at Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, specializing in neuroimmunology and regenerative medical science.

After earning her Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, Emma was recruited to Mayo Clinic's doctoral program in 2016. She is pursuing her doctoral thesis research in the Translational Neuroimmunology Laboratory of Charles L. Howe, Ph.D., in the Department of Neurology Research at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

Emma's thesis research focuses on improving understanding of how neuroinflammation affects neural stem cell regeneration in the central nervous system. Her goal is to find ways to control neuroinflammatory interactions to improve future treatments aimed at regenerating damaged neural tissue.


As an undergraduate, Emma conceived a passionate interest in regenerative medicine and participated in research focusing on nervous system repair. She realized that the patient's immune response plays a major role in whether regenerative therapies are effective, and thus she sought training in immunology by working as a summer undergraduate research fellow in the laboratory of James J. Lee, Ph.D., at Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona.

Emma's results from her undergraduate research at Mayo Clinic helped reveal the impact of immune cells on lung function in asthma and provided a basis for her future thesis research.