Title: Vice President of Research Services
Duties: Supervising core facilities and other services
for The Scripps Research Institute. In La Jolla, these services
include environmental health and safety, nuclear magnetic
resonance, x-ray crystallography, flow cytometry, protein
sciences, DNA sequencing, animal resources, antibody production,
DNA array, mass spectrometry, microscopy, and fermentation.
In Florida, Holmes is helping to establish regulatory services
and other resource facilities for scientists. "This new position
is a natural progression of the institute's growth here and
expansion to Florida," says Holmes.
Education: B.S. in Zoology from Colorado State University;
Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology from the University of California,
Los Angeles; postdoctoral fellowship at The Burnham Institute
(previously the La Jolla Cancer Research Foundation); J.D.
from University of San Diego School of Law.
Professional Licenses: Member of the California State
Bar; registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Started at Scripps Research: 1991. From 1994 until
the recent promotion, Holmes held the position of associate
patent counsel. More recently, along with patent work, she
has participated in regulatory compliance. "The new position,
though, is more about science than law. I'm putting my 'Ph.D.'
hat back on."
Goal in the New Position: "To ensure that research
services both here and in Florida are efficient, user-friendly,
and responsive to the needs of the institute."
Favorite Part of the Job: "The challenge!"
Family Life: Holmes lives with her husband, Scripps
Research Associate Professor Bruce Torbett, and their two
boys, eight-year-old Ian and six-year-old Eric. Pets include
a dog, Scout (who likes to accompany Holmes on her morning
runs), and two of the kids' former school projectsa
green tree frog, Hoppy, and an anole lizard, Camo. "Kids keep
Extracurriculars: In addition to arranging and attending
social and athletic activities for the boys, Holmes enjoys
spending time with her "mom friends," bike riding with her
husband, and taking family winter skiing and summer hiking
Send comments to: mikaono[at]scripps.edu
In her new position, Emily Holmes wants "to ensure that
research services both here and in Florida are efficient,
user-friendly, and responsive to the needs of the institute."
Photo by Kevin Fung.