Emma Pickwell-MacPherson received the MSci/BA degree in natural sciences from Cambridge University in 2001 and the Ph.D. degree in physics from Cambridge University, UK in 2005. Having completed her thesis in 2005, she worked for TeraView Ltd as a Medical Scientist until moving to Hong Kong in 2006. She set up a terahertz laboratory at the Department of Electronic Engineering, CUHK during her post between 2006 and 2009 as an Assistant Professor. She spent 3 years at HKUST as a Visiting Assistant Professor (September 2009 -2012) and returned to the Department of Electronic Engineering, CUHK in Sept 2012.
Dr MacPherson has represented Hong Kong on the International Organising Committee for the Infrared and Millimeter Wave and Terahertz Wave (IRMMW-THz) conference series since 2009 and she was the General Conference Chair of the 2015 IRMMW-THz conference held at CUHK. In October 2017 she joined the Physics department at Warwick University, UK and is the recipient of a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award.