Emre attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he worked under the guidance of Professor Jeffrey Moore researching and developing novel synthetic methodologies for a variety of conjugated macrocycles. He graduated with magna cum laude honors and received his B.S. in Chemistry and East Asian Languages and Cultures in May of 2012. Emre went on to spend the summer working as a visiting research intern at the University of Tokyo with Professor Kazuo Tachibana where he investigated the development of biosynthetic pathways to complex polycyclic ether based marine natural products. He then moved to Chicago to begin working in the analytical chemistry department at PepsiCo, before accepting a position in March 2013 to work in R&D at the microbial control business of The Dow Chemical Company. In Fall of 2014, Emre moved to Santa Barbara to begin his graduate studies as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry under the supervision of Professors Craig J. Hawker and Javier Read de Alaniz.
Emre is currently interested in researching photochemical methods for small molecule transformations and preparation of polymeric materials.