Dr Emma English is Director of Postgraduate Research for the School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia.

Emma graduated with a BSc in Microbiology and Medical Biosciences from the University of Kent before undertaking a PhD at the University of East Anglia investigating the role of electron transfer chains in Azorhizobium caulinodans. Wanting a more applied health role, she then trained as a Clinical Scientist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. Whilst at Cambridge she undertook an MSc in Clinical Biochemistry at University College London. She successfully gained registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and is entered on the national register as Clinical Biochemist.

Emma’s research focuses on the use of diagnostic testing in health and disease, with three interrelated themes of; analytical quality of diagnostic testing, clinical utility of diagnostic tests and development of future diagnostic tests. Current focus is around diabetes testing.

Key external links include the WHO, International Diabetes Federation, International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine

Key topics of interest:

  • Point of Care testing for diabetes
  • Global quality standards and policy
  • Clinical utility of diabetes biomarkers


  • 2018 – present Director of Postgraduate Research
  • 2016 – present Lecturer in Health Sciences, School of Health Science, University of East Anglia
  • 2010 – 2016 Lecturer in Healthcare Science, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham
  • 2009 – 2011 Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science, School of Life Sciences, Anglia Ruskin University.
  • 2004 – 2009 Grade A Clinical Scientist, Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.
  • 1998 – 2000 Cross Channel Swim Pilot (The English Channel).


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