Curriculum Vitae

Emily M. Adams

Technical Skills

Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe InDesign
Cinema 4D
Protein Databank

Some Knowledge

Adobe Premiere

Current Experience

Freelance Medical Illustrator and Graphic Designer
Medical Illustrator and Graphic Designer | May 2023 – Present
Work with clients across disciplines and business types to create effective visual and design solutions that meet their needs and budget

Webdesigner and Graphic Designer
Mar. 2023 – Present
Design websites using WordPress Divi for churches and non-profits


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)

Past Work Experience

Medical Illustrator and Graphic Designer | January 2022 – May 2023
Work with the research and development, medical affairs, social media and web team to communicate Novavax’s technology through 2D and 3D illustration, info-graphics, and animations. The work has been used widely and repurposed in a variety of ways: in publications, for web, at scientific congresses, and on social media. Some work samples can be seen HERE

Medical Illustrator and Graphic Designer | Sept. 2021 – January 2022

Visual Storytelling Intern | May 2021 – Sept. 2021

Webdesigner and Graphic Designer
Sept. 2021 – Jan. 2022

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
Head Graphic Designer | Apr. 2020 – Jan. 2023
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, you can see some of my work HERE

Graphic Design Intern | Apr. 2019 – Apr. 2020

National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)
Scientific 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
Creative Arts and Services Intern | Summer 2017
Worked with the Creative Arts and Services team on 30+ figures for Chapter 8 of the Plutonium Handbook


Novavax Rockstar Performance Award (Nov. 2022)

IMI Bronze Award | Spike Visualization of Variants (Oct. 2022)

IMI Bronze Award | Vaccine and Virus Illustrations for Web, a cohesive 2D and 3D illustration style developed for web (Oct. 2022)

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


The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Art Gallery | Ebola Render Selected for physical Display in Copenhagen (Apr. 2023)

2022 IMI Awards Exhibition, Received 2 Bronze Awards (Oct. 2022)

Art of Planetary Science (Sept. 2021)

Masters Showcase 2020 (Oct. 2020)

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

Continuing Education and Conferences

IMI Mentorship Program (Jan. 2023 – Present)

Conflict Mangement Training (Dec. 2022)

Women in Leadership Event | Attendee (Nov. 2022)

Institute of Medical Illustrators Conference | Presenter (Oct. 2022)

Novafest Early Career Event | Decision Making Training (July 2022)

Efficient Communication Spring Learning Series (June 2022)

Anatomy of Data Visualization Workshop (May 2022)

World Vaccine Congress Attendee (Apr. 2022)

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

Presentations, Publications, and Figures


Emily M. Adams | Leveraging the Protein Databank, Creating effective molecular 3D models for improving scientific communication | Institute of Medical Illustrators Conference 2022

Emily M. Adams | Creating molecular visualizations around novel vaccine technology | Institute of Medical Illustrators Conference 2022

Peer Reviewed

Figure 1 Proposed Matrix-M™ adjuvant mechanism of action | The Matrix-M™ adjuvant: A critical component of vaccines for the 21st century, Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics (Dec 2022)

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)

Figures and Graphic Design

Novavax Visuals

Immunogenicity of a SARS-CoV-2 Recombinant Spike Protein Nanoparticle vaccine with Matrix-M(TM) adjuvant (NVX-CoV2373) in well-controlled versus less well-controlled people living with HIV (PLWH), Scientific Poster, EECMID (April 2023)

Long term durability of antigen-specific polyfunctional CD4+ T-cell responses against vaccine-homologous and antigenically drifted viruses, EECMDID (April 2023)

Ebola GP investigational vaccine Page, Full info-graphic and step by step images

R21 Malaria Investigational Vaccine Page, Full info-graphic and step by step Images

Update on Novavax Investigational Influenza vaccine and COVID-19-Influenza Combination Vaccine development, Illustrations Slide 6, 15, 16, 36, and 37, Layout Full Deck, World Vaccine Congress Europe (Oct. 2022)

Our recombinant protein-based nanoparticle vaccine technology, select 3D models (Apr. 2022)
From pandemic to endemic: Why COVID-19 may be here to stay, Endemic versus Pandemic Graphic (Apr. 2022)

Understanding vaccine safety and efficacy in clinical trials, Phases of Clinical Trials Graphic (Apr. 2022)

Creating vaccines to help fight constantly changing threats, Genetic Drift Graphic, Genetic Shift Graphic, Variants 2D Animation (Apr. 2022)

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, Icons, select 3D Models (Apr. 2022)

Region II Head Start Association in collaboration with the Institute for Childhood Preparedness:

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)