Dr Emma received is Medical Degree and specialized in Pediatrics from the Catholic University of Louvain, Brussels, Belgium. He then completed his training in Pediatric Nephrology at Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. In 1998, Dr Emma moved to the Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital - IRCCS, in Rome, where he has set-up the Nephrology Research Laboratory and was appointed Chief of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology in 2005. He currently holds the position of Head of the Department of Pediatric Subspecialties.
Dr Emma has authored more that 160 research articles in peer-reviewed journals and is the author of several textbook chapters and one of the editors of the Pediatric Nephrology textbook. He is the chair of the ESPN (European Society of Pediatric Nephrology) Working Group on Inherited Renal Disorders. His primary research interests are in rare renal diseases, in particular cystinosis and idiopathic nephrotic syndrome.