Emmanuel Orta was born in the small town of Villa de Reyes, located south from the state capitol of San Luis Potosí in central México. He spent his childhood in his hometown and once he finished elementary school, he moved to San Luis Potosí city for high school and then college.
In college, he majored in Pharmacobiological Chemistry at the School of Chemistry in the state University of San Luis Potosí. He graduated in 2006. Then he applied to graduate school in Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (IPICYT) at the Departement of Molecular Biology. In 2007, he joined Alejandro De Las Peñas’ group, and since then he has been working in understanding the oxidative stress response and the azole resistance in the fungal pathogen Candida glabrata.