Heather Hill

Vice President, Vaccines and Infectious Diseases

Why I joined Emmes

Joining Emmes provided me with an opportunity to bring my research and clinical trial experience together with an appreciation for good data and attention to detail. Still I didn’t realize how much I would love data management until employing the wide range of skills necessary for what data management means at Emmes.

How I describe our firm to other people

Emmes is a great place to work with great people. We are fully committed to each project we support and feel personally and professionally committed to good science and the search for truth.

A bit about me

When not at Emmes, I am a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for foster children in Maryland, which allows me the opportunity to get to know some really great kids going through really tough times. I’m able to advocate for their needs and ensure they don’t fall through the cracks of a stressed system.

Something I’m most proud of

I’ve had several opportunities at Emmes to make a difference in public health, particularly with regard to pandemics and the need to rapidly execute every step of the process with organization, thoughtfulness and thoroughness.

A career highlight

I had the privilege to lead Emmes’ role in a dozen concurrent protocols comprising DMID’s response to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic with vaccine trials and natural history studies.

My background

After graduating from college, I joined the Army to serve my country by conducting biological research to extending the storage life of red blood cells. During my 9 years with the Army, the first half on active duty then as a civilian contractor, I earned my MS in Environmental Biology. I’ve been at Emmes since 2002.


M.S., environmental biology, Hood College
B.S., biological sciences, Colorado State University