Emma Towlson

Dr. Emma K. Towlson, while an Associate Research Scientist in the Center for Complex Network Research (CCNR), with interests in the emerging field of Network Neuroscience, collaborated with the Synthetic Neurobiology group on network analysis of the brain. She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge (2015), and holds a Masters in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Warwick (2011). Her research on the topology and organisational principles of various kinds of brain networks, from C. elegans to mouse to human, has been published in Nature and the Journal of Neuroscience. Dr. Towlson’s interests include applying and adapting techniques from Network Control Theory to probe neuronal or near-neuronal level wiring diagrams from smaller organisms. She co-instructed Northeastern’s introductory graduate class on Complex Networks, and is invested in bringing Network Science approaches to broader audiences and educational settings. Emma was selected as part of the fourth cohort of Homeward Bound, a radical global leadership program culminating in an Antarctic voyage and promoting the impact of women in science on decisions that shape our planet.