Emily Meyer studied medicine in Freiburg and Seville with a focus on global health and infectious diseases. Throughout her longstanding commitment to Universites Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) she gained profound expertise in the areas of neglected diseases and access to medicines. For her MD thesis she optimized an approach for a gene therapy for HIV/AIDS based on designer nucleases. She gained professional work experience in German hospitals as well as clinics in Uganda, Tanzania, Cuba and Australia. As a Mercator Fellow, Emily focuses on how sociocultural aspects can be integrated into the control of infectious diseases.