Emily M. Adams

Technical Skills

Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe InDesign
GREP InDesign
Cinema 4D
Microsoft Office

Some Knowledge

Adobe Premiere
Protein Databank


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 Illustrator and Graphic Designer | January 2022 – Present
Work across departments with subject matter experts and the social media team to create 2D and 3D visuals to communicate Novavax’s technology and vaccine platform, work samples can be seen HERE

Medical Illustration Consultant | Sept. 2021 – January 2022

Visual Storytelling Intern | May 2021 – Sept. 2021

Institute for Childhood Preparedness
Lead Graphic Designer | Apr. 2019 – 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

Webdesigner | Sept. 2021 – January 2022
Work with clients at 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

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


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 | Selected for physical Display (2023)

2022 IMI Awards Exhibition (Oct. 2022)

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)

Continuing Education and Conferences

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)

UNCON 2021 Conference Attendee (Nov. 2021)

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

SciVizNYC Online Conference Attendee (Dec. 2020)

Sciart Inktober (Oct. 2020, 2021)

Publications and Presentations


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

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
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)

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)