Emma Watson, MD, PhD

Emma Watson, MD, PhD

MD: Baylor College of Medicine

Hometown: Bangor, Northern Ireland

Personal Statement: I am ecstatic to match into otolaryngology at Washington University in St. Louis, and I am honored to be able to train at a place with both surgical and research excellence. I look forward to working hard with supportive co-residents and faculty, learning all I can, and taking care of patients as I continue on my path to become a surgeon-scientist!


Undergraduate: University of Kansas, Lawrence, 2013

PhD: Rice University, Houston, TX, 2020

Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 2021


  • Richard R.  Dickason, Jr., MD, PhD, Outstanding Physician Scientist Award for 2021–2022, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, 2017-2020
  • Frank Kretzer Award for Excellence in Basic Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Outstanding Senior in Chemical Engineering, University of Kansas, 2013


  1. E. Watson, A.M. Tatara, D.P. Kontoyiannis, and A.G. Mikos, “Inherently Antimicrobial Biodegradable Polymers for Tissue Engineering,” ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering. 2016;3(7): 1207-20.
  2. L.G. Bracaglia, B.T. Smith, E. Watson, N. Arumugasaamy, J.P. Fisher, and A.G. Mikos, “Design and Fabrication of Gradient Scaffolds,” Acta Biomaterialia. 2017; 56: 3-13.
  3. A.M. Tatara*, E. Watson*, T. Satish, D.W. Scott, D.P. Kontoyiannis, P.S. Engel, and A.G. Mikos, “Synthesis and Characterization of Diol-based Unsaturated Polyesters: Poly(Diol Fumarate) and Poly(Diol Fumarate-co-Succinate),” Biomacromolecules. 2017; 18(6): 1724-35.
  4. A.M. Tatara, A.J. Rozich, P.D. Kontoyiannis, E. Watson, N.D. Albert, G.N. Bennett, and A.G. Mikos, “Econazole-Releasing Porous Space Maintainers for Fungal Periprosthetic Joint Infection,” Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine. 2018; 29(5), 70.
  5. B.T. Smith, A. Lu, E. Watson, M. Santoro, A.J. Melchiorri, E.C. Grosfeld, J.J.J.P. van den Beucken, J.A. Jansen, D.W. Scott, J.P. Fisher, and A.G. Mikos, “Incorporation of Fast Dissolving Glucose Porogens and Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) Microparticles into an Injectable Calcium Phosphate Cement for Bone Tissue Regeneration,” Acta Biomaterialia. 2018; 78, 341-350.
  6. M. Senturk, G. Lin, D. Mao, Z. Zuo, E. Watson, and A.G. Mikos, and H.J. Bellen, “Ubiquilins Regulate Autophagic Flux through mTOR Signaling and Lysosomal Acidification,” Nature Cell Biology. 2019; 21(3), 384-96.
  7. A.M. Tatara, G.L. Koons, E. Watson, T.C. Piepergerdes, S.R. Shah, B.T. Smith, J. Shum, J. Melville, I. Hanna, N. Demian, T. Ho, A. Ratcliffe, J.J.J.P. van den Beucken, J.A. Jansen, M.E. Wong, and A.G. Mikos, “Biomaterials-aided Mandibular Reconstruction Using In Vivo Bioreactors.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. 2019; 116(14), 6954-63.
  8. A.M. Tatara, E. Watson, N.D. Albert, P.D. Kontoyiannis, and A.G. Mikos, and D.P. Kontoyiannis, “A Murine Model of Cutaneous Aspergillosis for Evaluation of Biomaterial-Based Local Delivery Therapies,” Journal of Biomaterials Research Part A. 2019; 107(9), 1867-74.
  9. M.M. Smoak, A. Han, E. Watson, A. Kishan, K.J. Grande-Allen, E. Cosgriff-Hernandez, and A.G. Mikos, “Fabrication and Characterization of Electrospun Decellularized Muscle-Derived Scaffolds,” Tissue Engineering Part C: Methods. 2019; 25(5), 276-87.
  10. J.L. Guo, Y.S. Kim, V.Y. Xie, B.T. Smith, E. Watson, J. Lam, H.A. Pearce, P.S. Engel, and A.G. Mikos, “Modular, tissue-specific, and biodegradable hydrogel cross-linkers for tissue engineering,” Science Advances. 2019; 5(6).
  11. B.T. Smith*, S.M. Bittner*, E. Watson, M.M. Smoak, L. Diaz-Gomez, E.R. Molina, Y.S. Kim, C.D. Hudgins, A.J. Melchiorri, D.W. Scott, K.J. Grande-Allen, J. Yoo, A. Atala, J.P. Fisher, and A.G. Mikos, “Multi-Material 3D Printing with Architectural and Compositional Gradients for Directed Osteogenic Differentiation and Spatial Segregation,” Tissue Engineering Part A. 2020; 26(5-6), 239-52.
  12. J.L. Guo, A. Li, Y.S. Kim, V.Y. Xie, B.T. Smith, E. Watson, G. Bao, and A.G. Mikos, “Click Functionalized, Tissue-Specific Hydrogels for Osteochondral Tissue Engineering,” Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A. 2020; 108A, 684-93.
  13. E. Watson, B.T. Smith, M.M. Smoak, A.M. Tatara, S.R. Shah, H.A. Pearce, K.J. Hogan, J. Shum, J.C. Melville, I.A. Hanna, N. Demian, J.C. Wenke, G.N. Bennett, J.J.J.P. van den Beucken, J.A. Jansen, M.E. Wong, and A.G. Mikos, “Localized mandibular infection affects remote in vivo bioreactor bone generation,” Biomaterials. 2020; 256, 120185.
  14. E. Watson, A.M. Tatara, J.J.J.P. van den Beucken, J.A. Jansen, M.E. Wong, and A.G. Mikos, “An Ovine Model of In Vivo Bioreactor-Based Bone Generation,” Tissue Engineering Part C: Methods. 2020; 26, 384–396.
  15. Y.S. Kim, A.J. Chien, J.L. Guo, B.T. Smith, E. Watson, H.A. Pearce, G.L. Koons, A.M. Navara, J. Lam, D.W. Scott, K.J. Grande-Allen, and A.G. Mikos, “Chondrogenesis of cocultures of mesenchymal stem cells and articular chondrocytes in poly(L-lysine)-loaded hydrogels,” Journal of Controlled Release. 2020; 328, 710-21. 
  16. H.A. Pearce, Y. Kim, E. Watson, K. Bahrami, M.M. Smoak, E.Y. Jiang, M. Elder, T. Shannon, and A.G. Mikos, “Development of a modular, biocompatible thiolated gelatin microparticle platform for drug delivery and tissue engineering applications,” Regenerative Biomaterials. 2021; rbab012.17.
  17. Y.S. Kim, S. Mehta, J.L. Guo, H.A. Pearce, B.T. Smith, E. Watson, G.L. Koons, A.M. Navara, J. Lam, K.J. Grande-Allen, and A.G. Mikos, “An ex vivo cartilage explant model for evaluating tissue integration of injectable, poly(L-Lysine)-loaded hydrogels encapsulated with cocultures of mesenchymal stem cells and articular chondrocytes,” Biotechnology and Bioengineering. 2021; 118(8), 2958-66.
  18. J.L. Guo*, Y. Kim*, G.L. Koons, J. Lam, S. Barrios, A.M. Navara, V.Y. Xie, E. Watson, B.T. Smith, H.A. Pearce, E.A. Orchard, J.J.J.P van den Beucken, J.A. Jansen, M.E. Wong, and A.G. Mikos, “Bilayered, Peptide Biofunctionalized Hydrogels for In Vivo Osteochondral Tissue Repair,” Acta Biomaterialia. 2021; 128, 120-9.
  19. B. Melendez, S.R. Shah, Y. Jiang, J. Dottino, E. Watson, H.A. Pearce, M. Borthwick, R.E. Schmandt, Q. Zhang, K. Cupain, J. Celestino, B. Fellman, Y. Yuan, K.H. Lu, A.G. Mikos, and M.S. Yates, “Novel Polymer-Based System for Intrauterine Delivery of Everolimus for Anti-Cancer Applications,” Journal of Controlled Release. 2021; 339, 521-530.
  20. E. Watson and A.G. Mikos, “Advances in In Vitro and In Vivo Bioreactor-Based Bone Generation for Craniofacial Tissue Engineering,” BME Frontiers. 2022; 4, 004. 
  21. E. Watson, H.A. Pearce, K.J. Hogan, N.W.M. van Dijk, M.M. Smoak, S. Barrios, B.T. Smith, A.M. Tatara, T.C. Woernley, J. Shum, C.B. Pearl, J.C. Melville, T. Ho, I.A. Hanna, N. Demian, J.J.P. van den Beucken, J.A. Jansen, M.E. Wong, and A.G. Mikos, “Repair of Complex Ovine Segmental Mandibulectomy Utilizing Customized Tissue Engineered Bony Flaps,” PLOS ONE. 2023; 18(2), e0280481.