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Emily McGaugh

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Emily McGaugh

Summer Law Student
  • Smart & Biggar LLP
Language(s): English

Emily is a summer student in our Toronto office. She is currently completing her Juris Doctor at the University of Ottawa.

Before pursuing law, Emily completed a Ph.D. in physiology and gained experience working as a scientist genetically modifying pluripotent stem cells for cancer therapy. Following her Ph.D., she worked as a postdoctoral fellow. Her research focus was to generate insulin producing cells for patients living with Type 1 Diabetes.

Emily published five papers and one patent. She was awarded Oral Presentation winner at the University of Toronto’s annual Frontiers in Physiology Conference for her presentation about her thesis topic: Using stem cells for the treatment of Type 1 Diabetes. Emily also won the University of Toronto’s 3 Minute Thesis Competition, People’s Choice Award.

During her legal studies at the University of Ottawa, Emily volunteered as an Assistant Editor of the Ottawa Law Review. She received a Technoship Fellow award from the Law, Technology and Society (CLTS) at the University of Ottawa, where she performed research under the guidance of one of the Faculty of Law professors.


  • News
  • Speaking
  • In the Media
  • “Journeys in Commercialization”, guest speaker at a panel, Medicine by Design’s annual commercialization course, University of Toronto, 2024
  • 4th year undergraduate course: PSL404 Regenerative Medicine, guest lecturer, University of Toronto, 2021
  • Canada First Research Excellence Fund meeting, guest speaker, 2020