Dr. Emily D. Cranston is an Associate Professor and President’s Excellence Chair in Forest Bioproducts at the University of British Columbia (Canada). She is a global leader in bio-based nanomaterials chemistry. Her research aims to expand the use of nanocellulose derived from wood pulp as an environmentally-friendly alternative to petrochemical-based components in high-performance, value-added, sustainable products. Previously, Emily was the Canada Research Chair in Bio-Based Nanomaterialsat McMaster University. She received a B.Sc. in Chemistry (2001) and Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry (2008) from McGill University (Canada), followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden).She is highly cited, highly funded, and has won prestigious awards typically reserved for late career scientists.