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Emily Brown head shotRegis College is pleased to announce this year’s senior class valedictorian Emily Brown of Plymouth, Mass.

Emily, a biomedical engineering major with minors in mathematics and biology, will receive this year’s highest-ranking undergraduate academic honor and addressed her classmates during the university’s baccalaureate ceremony.

“It is my pleasure to honor Emily in recognition of her outstanding academic excellence,” said Dr. Mary Erina Driscoll, vice president of academic affairs. “Regis has benefitted greatly from Emily’s presence and contributions and I hope that she will continue to keep close ties with our community in the future.”

"Through small class sizes and committed professors and faculty, Regis has provided me with innumerable opportunities and a clear pathway for success,” said Emily. “Coming from a small, close-knit high school, I was worried about adjusting to life on campus, but with rigorous coursework and a supportive community, I was able to quickly find my place at Regis."

During her time at Regis, Emily participated in the first-ever biomedical engineering virtual summer internship and worked to design a face mask for winter weather during the pandemic. In addition, she completed two independent studies. In fall 2020 Emily modeled two companies collaborating to identify and produce novel antibodies against folate receptor alpha for cancer suppression. She developed experimental procedures to isolate and test suitable antibodies that will be utilized in future research. In the spring of 2020, Emily used experimental procedures to maximize viral titer for levels suitable for in-class laboratory use. During this time, she also served as an undergraduate teaching assistant at Regis and a tutor at Rising Tide Charter Public School in Plymouth.

After graduation, Emily plans to attend graduate school for biology and work as a research assistant at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She hopes to eventually attain her PhD in biology.