Emily holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Iowa and is currently a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She graduated with a Masters in Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology and holds a Bachelors in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Central Arkansas.
Emily is passionate about science communication, and, in her free time, writes and illustrates children’s stories.
Aromatic l-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) deficiency is a rare genetic disorder that causes communication problems between nerve cells in the brain and the body. As a result, patients with ... Read more
Doctors often recommend vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) as a treatment for aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) deficiency. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about vitamin B6 treatment. What ... Read more
If your child’s doctor suspects aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) deficiency, they may recommend a lumbar puncture (also called a spinal tap) to help diagnose the disease. Here is what ... Read more
One of the symptoms of aromatic L‐amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) deficiency are oculogyric crises, which can be frightening for patients and their parents and caregivers. What happens in an ... Read more
Parents or caregivers of children with aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) deficiency may be wondering whether vaccines are safe for these patients. What are vaccines? A vaccine is a ... Read more
If you or a family member has a genetic disease like aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) deficiency, you might benefit from genetic counseling. What is genetic counseling? If you have AADC ... Read more
There have been only about 100 cases of aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) deficiency described in the medical literature. It is very difficult to develop effective treatments when the ... Read more