Emily Koubek, PhD

Technical Writer Senior

Dr. Koubek joins the NeuroNetwork for Emerging Therapies as a science writer, working primarily with the diabetes group.  Her efforts in managing, writing, and editing manuscripts and scientific communications are integral to sharing the lab's findings, both with the science community and the general public.  In doing so, she helps to improve the current state of knowledge and raise the profile of the NeuroNetwork and its researchers.

Previously, Dr. Koubek was a senior research fellow and Instructor of Pharmacology in the Department of Oncology at Mayo Clinic.  There, she managed a preclinical pharmacokinetics (exploration of drug absorption, metabolism, disposition, and excretion prior to clinical use) contract with the National Cancer Institute.  Along with data analysis, this work offered plenty of experience in writing and preparing manuscripts, which she will bring to her work with the NeuroNetwork.


  • B.S., Biochemistry and Honors Biology, Calvin University (Grand Rapids, MI), 2012
  • Ph.D., Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology, Penn State University, 2017
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Departments of Medicine and Pharmacology, The Penn State Cancer Institute, 2017-2019
  • Senior Research Fellow and Instructor in Pharmacology, Department of Oncology, Mayo Clinic, 2019-2022

Top Publications

Koubek EJ, Ralya AT, Larson TR, et al. Population Pharmacokinetics of Z-Endoxifen in Patients With Advanced Solid Tumors. J Clin Pharmacol. 2022;62(9):1121-1131. doi:10.1002/jcph.2053

Koubek EJ, Santy LC. ARF1 and ARF6 regulate recycling of GRASP/Tamalin and the Rac1-GEF Dock180 during HGF-induced Rac1 activation. Small GTPases. 2018;9(3):242-259. doi:10.1080/21541248.2016.1219186

Koubek EJ, Weissenrieder JS, Neighbors JD, Hohl RJ. Schweinfurthins: Lipid Modulators with Promising Anticancer Activity. Lipids. 2018;53(8):767-784. doi:10.1002/lipd.12088

Koubek EJ, Weissenrieder JS, Ortiz LE, Nwogu N, Pham AM, Weissenkampen JD, Reed JL, Neighbors JD, Hohl RJ, Kwun HJ. Therapeutic Potential of 5′-Methylschweinfurthin G in Merkel Cell Polyomavirus-Positive Merkel Cell Carcinoma. Viruses. 2022; 14(9):1848. https://doi.org/10.3390/v14091848

Koubek EJ, Kudgus RA, Walden CA, et al. Mouse pharmacokinetics and metabolism of the phenylurea thiocarbamate NSC 161128. Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 2022;90(2):161-174. doi:10.1007/s00280-022-04440-4