Emily grew up British Columbia, Canada and spent time between Maple Ridge, BC and Lakewood, CA. In 2021, she graduated from the University of British Columbia with a major in Biology and a minor in Psychology. Through various volunteering opportunities at the Vancouver Science World and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, she developed an interest in science communication and a passion for making scientific knowledge more accessible and easily understood. During her undergraduate studies, Emily was a research assistant with the UBC Midwifery Program to study the potential effects of cannabis usage on infant development and birth outcomes. She also had the opportunity to investigate ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic affected healthcare experiences for pregnant people, and co-authored a paper on this topic. After graduation, Emily started working at the Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine as a genetic counseling assistant, where she was inspired by the level of care and empathy that genetic counselors provided to their patients. Emily is thrilled to join her fellow classmates at UCLA, where she can receive training in the various unique fields of genetic counseling that UCLA has to offer. In her free time, Emily enjoys drawing, playing piano, and seeking out new bird species that she has never seen before!