Emily M. Adams

Technical Skills

Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe InDesign
Adobe XD
Cinema 4D
Divi WordPress Theme
Microsoft Office


University of Dundee (2019-2020)
MSc in Medical Art (with Distinction)

Iowa State University (2015-2018)
BA in Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration (GPA: 3.65, Cum Laude)

Work Experience

Medical Illustration Consultant | Sept. 2021 – Present
Working with Chief Scientists to animate vaccine mechanisms, create biological illustrations for social media and web

Visual Storytelling Intern | May 2021 – Sept. 2021
Animating molecular processes using Cinema 4D and assets from the Protein Database, creating 2D vaccine manufacturing illustrations in Adobe Illustrator for new website

Webdesigner | Sept. 2021 – Present
Work with churches and non-profits to design websites using WordPress Divi

Webdesign Intern | Aug. 2018 – Aug. 2019
Designed webpages using Divi WordPress theme, HTML + CSS, and SVG animation, created brand guides, logos, and marketing materials, wrote blog posts for Aboundant’s blog

Institute for Childhood Preparedness
Lead Graphic Designer | Apr. 2019 – Present
Create illustrations for info-graphics, social media tiles, and research papers on a variety of topics such as safety, flu prevention, and COVID-19, create materials for clients such as Childcare Aware and Head Start, maintain website through Wix

National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)
Contract Graphic Designer | As Needed
Formatted NEHA internal publications in Adobe InDesign, created info-graphic from data contained in the publications, created factsheets for environmental health professionals on natural disasters

Foundation for Justice and Peace (JPF)
User Experience and Interface Consultant | Nov. 2020 – Apr. 2021
Redesigned JPF website and user interface, rebuilt and rebranded the JPF foundation website

Ninewells Hospital ENT Unit
Medical Artist (part of graduate coursework) | March 2020August 2020
Created interactive 3D models showing the external complications of mastoiditis, created a 3D model and 2D still images of the cervical plexus that can be used as reference for surgical training in the posterior triangle of the neck, both projects were completed as a part of my graduate coursework

Collegiate United Methodist Church and Wesley Foundation (CUMCWF)
Graphic Design Technician | June 2016 – May 2019
Created weekly bulletin cover and theme images, formatted promotional materials, including a 40-page magazine, managed CUMCWF social media presence

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
Communication and Arts Services Student Intern | Summer 2017
Created figures for the newest edition of the Plutonium Handbook, while working with publishing team and other illustrators to effectively convey the complex information

Research Library Student Intern | Summer 2017 and 2016
Worked on Dewey decimal re-cataloging project and library reorganization project

Department of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University
Research Illustration Intern | Jan. 2017 – Mar. 2017
Created a vector based sequential narration of blood back spatter using Adobe Illustrator


Global Excellence Scholarship, University of Dundee (March 2019)

FOCUS Artist Grant (May 2017 – May 2018)
Received funding to create and print a 20-page children’s book and exhibit the process work, including sketches, research, and writing

The Vizzies Visualization Challenge Semi-Finalist (June 2018)
Hunting the Morel Informational Poster

Iowa State University Deans List (4 Semesters at ISU)


Miniature Art Show Public Library (Oct. 2021)

Art of Planetary Science (Sept. 2021)

Masters Showcase 2020 (Oct. 2020)

Bits and Bones Exhibition, University of Dundee (Mar. 2020)

FOCUS Artist Grant Exhibit 2018 (May 2018)

Extracurricular Activities

Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbook Project Vol. 17 (Sept. 2020 – Dec. 2020)

SciVizNYC Online Conference Attendee (Dec. 2020)

Sciart Inktober (Oct. 2020)

Bits and Bones Exhibition Safety Coordinator (Mar. 2020)
Coordinated with the DJCAD Safety Officer to ensure that all safety paperwork and guidelines were met for the Bits and Bones Exhibition

Digital Women’s Code Camp (Apr. 2019)
Created illustrations for a simple video game developed using Python included a hardware device with a sensor to control the characters in the game
*Award: Best Hardware Hack


Peer Reviewed

Emily M. Adams | The Devil is in the Details: Developing a Modern Methodology for Detailed Medical Illustrations, Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine (May 2021)


Emily M. Adams | Coronavirus Visualizations for Early Childhood Professionals, Journal of Natural Science Illustrators (Dec. 2020)

L.J. Logue and E.M. Adams | Creating Multi-Subtool Sketchfab Models, IMI Newsletter (June 2020)

E.M. Adams | Best Church Websites Non-Megachurch Edition, Unbound Blog (Apr. 2019)

E.M. Adams | Top 10 Best Gutenberg Ready WordPress Themes for Churches, Unbound Blog (Nov. 2018)

Figures and Graphic Design

Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine
MSc medical art masters showcase 2020, University of Dundee (Nov. 2020)

Institute Blog
10 Tips for Back to School Safety During COVID-19 Coronavirus, Info-graphic and Social Story (Sept. 2020)
Coronavirus: It is Time for Child Care Programs To Close, United States Map Graphics (Mar. 2020)
The COVID-19 Coronavirus: What You Need to Know, Coronavirus Informational Graphics (Jan. 2020)
Prevent the Flu Virus: The Importance of Hand Washing for Parents and Children, Flu Prevention Graphics (Jan. 2020)

National Environmental Health Association
Environmental Health Risk Assessment Prioritization Tool (Aug. 2019)
Software Requirements for Environmental Health Assessment Prioritization Tool (July 2019)

Los Alamos National Laboratory
The Plutonium Handbook, Chapter 8 (Dec. 2019)
Continuous Energy Photon Transport Implementation in MCATK, Figure 2, 8, 19, 20 (Oct. 2016)

Region II Head Start Association:
Findings from Interviews with Early Childhood Professionals in the U.S. Virgin Islands (Nov. 2019)
Preliminary Findings: Meetings with Early Childhood Professionals in Puerto Rico
Regarding Disaster Recovery From Hurricane Maria (May 2019)