Emily Lilly, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Biology
203 Science Hall |  Ph: 540-464-7432 |  LillyEL10@vmi.edu  






Molecular biology, genetics, and DNA biogeography of the distribution of noxious microorganisms 


Faculty Positions: UMass Dartmouth, Biology Department, 2005-2009; Longwood University, Department of Biological and Environmental Science, 2009-2010; Virginia Military Institute, 2010-Present 


NASA Exobiology Post-Doctoral Fellow, Harvard University, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, 2003-200 

Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and WoodsHole Oceanographic Institution, 2003, Dissertation: Phylogeny and Biogeography of the Toxic Dinoflagellate Alexandrium 

B.A. in Biology, Smith College, 1998, Thesis: Physiological Responses of the Coral Porites asteroides and its Algal Symbionts to Moderate Phosphate Enrichment 

A.A. in Liberal Arts, Simon’s Rock College of Bard, 1996