Emily Van Buren

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I am a fourth year PhD Student in the Mydlarz lab at the University of Texas at Arlrington. The goal of my research is to identify the immune system responses in coral host and symbionts based on pathogen exposure using computational biology and machine learning apporaches. Through this objective, novel applications of machine learning methods on non-model organisms will be produced as well as identification of gene regulatory networks that are biologically significant for pathogen challenged hosts, pathogen challenged symbionts and host-symbiont establishment.

PhD Student - Second Year.

The type of pathogen challenge and disease fate correlated to a coral holobiont will result in a specified innate immune response due to the host immune system repertoire, symbiont’s immune system repertoire, and the host and symbiont relationship.

  • Lab Website: http://www.themydlarzlab.com/
  • City: Arlington, TX
  • Email: emily.buckley@uta.edu
  • Highest Earned Degree: Masters


  • 1. Investigation of Melanin Cascade in Cnidarians using various computational biology approaches
  • 2. Identify Transcriptomic and Phenotypic Variables that Influence Host Disease Fate Using Machine Learning Approaches
  • 3. Identify Symbiont Transcriptomic and Phenotypic Variables that Influence Host Disease Fate Using Machine Learning Approaches


Undergraduates mentored from UTA Honors College Program

Papers in prep

Conference Presentations & Posters

Girl Scouts mentored through Gold Award Program


A snapshot of revelant education and professional experience


Emily Van Buren

Innovative and deadline-driven Bionformatician with 4+ years of experience completing transcriptomic based immunology projects for academic institutions.

  • Arlington, TX
  • emily.buckley@uta.edu


Doctor of Philosphy - Quantitative Biology

2020- Present

University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX

Memebr of Mydlarz Lab focused on bioinformatic, computation biology and machine learning techniques to answer questions about innate immune gene regulatory networks involved in Eunicea Black Disease, Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease and White Plague disease studies.

Master of Science - Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

2018 - 2019

University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Master's Students in the Kami Kim Lab at USF. Focued on creating transcriptomic pipelines for Toxoplasma gondii drug target research into AP2. Student Contractor at USGS under Chris Kellogg implementing microbiome analysis in coral depth studies.

Bachelor of Science- Biology

2015 - 2018

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Sarasota, FL

Undergraduate program focused on marine and genetic research.

Professional Experience

Graduate Teaching Assistant

2020 - Present

BIOL 2048L: Anatomy and Physiology Lab 2

  • Lead day to day laboratory for Anatomy and Physiology 2 classes
  • Review major human systems such as Cardiovascular system, Respiratory System, Digestive System, Urinary System and Reproductive System
  • Supervise and grade all assignments and examinations for 100+ students each semester
  • Oversee office hours and review sessions for students

National Science Foundation Research Undergraduate Experience


Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, Sarasota, FL

  • Adapted ferrozine method for nanomolacular idetnification of Iron (Fe3+ and Fe2+) in 25cm and 75cm LWCC
  • Completed 2 research cruises under Dr. Jordon Beckler (Mote) and Dr. Martial Taillefert (Georgia Insitute of Technology)
  • Managment of CTD equipement during response missions and research cruises


As a members of the Mydlarz lab, I am active in outreach and teaching. Lab members participate in many activities in the community and share their passion for coral reefs, the oceans and science in general. In my personal time, I also participate in volutneer work with the Girl Scouts. Having been a member for 2 decades, I have worked on contiuing the mission of the Girl Scouts by building girls and women of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Helen Storry Seminar 2017

USA Representative for an introductory level international leadership development seminar that explored environmental issues of today and focuses on ways to raise awareness and use practical skills to create meaningful and sustainable change in the participant’s sphere of influence.

Global Leadership Pool Member

Girl Scouts of the United States of America from 2016-2022

Gold Award Liaison

Mentor to Girl Scouts working on obtaining their Gold Award. The Gold Award tackle issues that are dear to them and drive lasting change in their communities and beyond and is the highest honor a Girl Scout can obtain.


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