Emily Hunt

Emily Hunt, Lab Manager

B.S. Biology, Oregon State University

Emily is in her fourth year working at Duke University.

Born and raised in Springfield Oregon, Emily has been working in research since her time in college. At Oregon State University, she was an undergraduate technician in Andrew Blaustein’s lab studying amphibian decline. The focus at the time was on host-pathogen biology studying the fungus Bactrachochytrium and its effects on a variety of frog species from around the country. Emily also discovered her love of SCUBA diving while at OSU and spent several years as a volunteer diver at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

After college, she did a short stint at a PetSmart in Hillsboro, OR, where she learned how to manage large freshwater fish systems. That led to a facility manager position at Oregon Health and Science University in the Nechiporuk Lab. There she discovered the joys of zebrafish research and the beauty of in vivo fluorescent imaging for developmental studies.

In 2017, Emily joined the Duke community as lab manager for the Tobin Lab. Here she enjoyed continuing work in zebrafish with a focus on host-pathogen dynamics. As a lab manager, she was able to spend more time at a bench learning techniques, like CRISPR and Transgene creation, when she was not wrangling the undergraduate assistants. Her ample experience studying tuberculosis in the Tobin lab made her an excellent fit for this lab.

In the Smith Lab, Emily is excited to add mice to her repertoire of animal models and to get suited up in a BSL-3 facility. She is also looking forward to the adventure of helping launch and support the newest addition to the MGM department.


Cronan M., Hughes E., Brewer W.J., Viswanathan G., Hunt E.G., Singh B., Mehra S., Oehlers S., Gregory S., Kaushal D., Tobin D. 2021. A non-canonical type 2 immune response coordinates tuberculous granuloma formation and epithelialization. Cell. 184(7):1757-1774.

Gervasi S., Hunt E., Lowry M. and Blaustein A.R. 2014. Temporal patterns in immunity, Infection load, and disease susceptibility: understanding the drivers of host responses in the amphibian-chytrid fungus system. Functional Ecology. 28:569-578.


SCUBA diving, board games, house plants, baking, cuddling her cat