Steffanie Wilson

TRU Director-Biostatistician

Why I joined Emmes

As a freshly minted PhD Biostatistician, I was unsure whether I wanted to start my career in government, academia, or industry so I interviewed all over. After speaking with many Emmes statisticians and leaders, Emmes struck me as a place where I would have the opportunity to be involved in impactful clinical research and grow professionally.

How I describe our firm to other people

Although Emmes is similar to other CROs in terms of service offerings, what sets us apart is the people. I think in large part because we are engaged in truly meaningful work, Emmes staff have a level of intellectual curiosity and a commitment to their projects that is unmatched. We have the opportunity to be involved throughout the entire clinical study lifecycle from study concept through clinical study report and manuscript generation. Since we’re so intimately involved every step of the way – our projects end up becoming our babies, so to speak.

A bit about me

Most of my non-work hours are spent enjoying time with my husband, two spunky girls, and doofy yellow lab. My favorite place is a quiet summer evening on the pontoon or paddle board at my family’s lake cabin in Minnesota. I am known in some circles for my loud and poorly executed karaoke renditions of Journey songs.

How I chose my career

As part of my undergraduate training, I took a course in Global Public Health in Geneva, Switzerland. We did a project with the World Health Organization on world tobacco use that opened my eyes to public health research. That course steered me away from my original law school plans and in the direction of pursuing a PhD in Biostatistics and a career in clinical research.

The best part about working here

I’ve loved the opportunity to form long-lasting productive working relationships with study sponsors and investigators over the years. I have been able to learn so much about the science of a variety of therapeutic areas in Neurology and Mental Health and also impart my knowledge of clinical trial design, execution and analysis.


BA, St. Olaf College, Political Science
MS, University of Pennsylvania, Biostatistics
PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Biostatistics

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