Emily Sim was born and raised in Ventura. She graduated from Foothill Technology High School in 2014. Afterwards, she attended and graduated from California Lutheran University in 2018 with highest honors (University, Departmental, and Latin Honors). Emily earned a Bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in music. While at Cal Lutheran, she participated in faculty-mentored student research projects. She presented her findings during the Festival of Scholars, a week at Cal Lutheran where students share their research with other students, faculty, and the local community. Her senior thesis, with the Biology department, was studying the effects of different neurotransmitters on the feeding behavior of freshwater snails. The other was an interdisciplinary project, exploring the availability and quality of cultural sensitivity training about Islam for medical professionals.
In 2014, Emily began working at Coastal Metabolic Research Centre as a student intern. Now, she is a study coordinator and certified registered phlebotomy technician. Her favorite part about being at CMRC is working with patients, doctors, and other coordinators to help patients manage their diabetes. She appreciates collaborating with people with different perspectives and backgrounds. Outside the clinic, she enjoys cooking, baking, reading, and playing the piano. She also enjoys taking her dog to the park and spending time with friends and family.
Emily’s passions include learning and helping others. She recently went on a medical trip to Cameroon, Africa with a local organization, West Africa Community Missions, to host a free, week-long clinic for people living in Nkar and surrounding villages. In addition, she is a youth leader at her church for high school teens and volunteers with Many Meals every week to feed the homeless. She is also currently applying to physician assistant programs to further live out her passions and hopes to come back to serve the community of Ventura County.