Postdoc Proust: Emily Weybourne

Postdocs at Dartmouth are featured in our regular Proust Questionnaire series.

Emily Weyburne is the third postdoctoral scholar featured this month in our Proust Questionnaire Postdoc Series. Emily is the Advocacy Chair for the Dartmouth College Postdoctoral Association. She is a postdoctoral scholar in the Molecular Systems Biology program.

What was your first degree and where did you study?
I got my bachelor’s degree from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.

What is your secret vice?
Sugar. I loved baked goods and candy, I can’t keep any in the house or I’ll eat them all immediately.

What was your favorite childhood toy or activity? Do you still do/play this?
I played a lot of soccer when I was younger, but alas no longer! Due to ankle injuries, I now do less ankle-intensive activities.

You’re stranded on a desert island. You can choose three books, two music albums, and one movie, what are they?
Books: All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, and one of the Harry Potter books.
Music albums: Little Voice by Sara Bareilles, Room for Squares by John Mayer.
Movie: James and the Giant Peach, because I’ve been meaning to re-watch it, but haven’t gotten the chance yet, and what better place to catch up than on a desert island.

What is your signature dish?
I wish I were a good enough cook to have a signature dish…

On a sunny afternoon you suddenly find you’ve completed all your work (including laundry, grocery shopping etc.), what do you do?
Take a nap!

What is your greatest fear?
Not being taken seriously.

What’s your hidden superpower?

What did you want to be when you were 18?
I had no clue what I wanted to be when I was 18.

How did you find your research niche?
I followed my interests.

What are you most excited to experience at Dartmouth?
I also got my PhD at Dartmouth, so I’ve been here six years now. I love to hike, rock climb, and experience the outdoors.