Dr. Emily Roarty obtained her BS in Molecular Biology from Auburn University in 2001. She went on to receive her PhD in Cell Biology in 2007 at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. During her thesis work, she studied in the laboratory of Dr. Etty (Tika) Benveniste where she investigated aberrant receptor tyrosine kinase signaling in Glioblastoma Multiforme. Dr. Roarty completed her postdoctoral fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Isaiah Fidler, at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, investigating molecular mechanisms underlying brain metastases. Currently, Dr. Roarty serves as the Scientific Manager the Department of Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center where she oversees the departmental scientific research program, including grants, contracts and the Lung Cancer Moon Shot. Dr. Roarty is committed to advancing lung cancer research and has, in the last three years, helped garner more than $30,000,000 in peer-reviewed research funding.