Meet
Simal Ali

I'm a Junior at Drexel University with a passion to help and heal others. I'm a dedicated student and an aspiring physician with a growth mindset and clear purpose.

I'll be graduating in June 2019 with a B.S. in Organismal Biology and Physiology as a member of Drexel's Pennoni Honors College.

  • - Neurosurgical research experience at University of Pennsylvania
  • - Public Relations Chair American Medical Women's Association
  • - Skills
    • Multilingual: conversational Urdu, conversational Hindi, and basic Arabic
    • Laboratory: PCR, Gel Electrophoresis, Cell Culturing, Media Preparation, Primer Design, Crystallization, Titration
    • Software: Canva Design, R, MATLAB

Work Experience


    Clinical Research Assistant: Neurosurgery Division
    Penn Medicine

    Jan 2018 – Present



    Undergraduate Researcher: Dictyostelium Discoideum
    Drexel University

    March 2017 – June 2017

  • - Focused on determining functional effects of knock-down/knock-in of TAZ gene in Dictyostelium. Performed wet-lab and molecular biology scientific research. Verified sequence of putative TAZ gene. Presented information about Dictyostelium behavior to research team and classmates.


    Reception Administrative Assistant
    Doctor's Office: Dr. Vijay Shah

    June 2015 – September 2016

  • - Reduced office expenses by organizing supplies and scanning files. Updated entire healthcare centre database within 2 months of employment. Scheduled patient appointment’s on phone and coordinated with doctor for consult availability. Provided information regarding insurance and billing options.


Volunteer Experience


    Hospital Elder Life Program Volunteer
    Abington - Jefferson Health

    March 2017 – Present

  • - Complete assessment forms to evaluate patient mobility based on information collected from patient through interview. Make frequent rounds in assigned departments to respond to patient needs. Assist geriatric patients with eating, walking, and reading. Engage patients in games and activities.


    Youth Group Advisor
    North Penn Mosque

    Jan 2017 – Present

  • - Mentor high school students to plan and execute various events for up to 800 community members. Encourage youth to engage in volunteer oppportunities to foster community involvement. Assist individuals with personal and spiritual questions. Established professional development buddy system with college students and counselors.

Activities, Organizations, Societies


American Medical Women's Association
Public Relations Chair
June 2017 - Present

This year I initiated a campus wide basic necessities drive to benefit women’s homeless shelters in the city of Philadelphia. The drive has been going on since early November 2017 and recently concluded in late January 2018. Members of my organization and I personally made and delivered the donations in the form of care packages. By working with and communicating with dozens of pre-health-related organizations, I spearheaded the planning and execution of the first ever inter-university Pre-Health Conference hosted by Drexel AMWA. The conference was held on January 13, 2018 and was directed toward anyone interested in the field of medicine whether they are pre-medical, pre-PA, pre-nursing, pre-PT, pre-dental, pre-vet, etc. The conference was oriented around the path to becoming a healthcare provider, with a specific focus on the struggles women and minorities may face within the field of medicine. Along with the help of my fellow board members, I was responsible for tasks such as securing funds, contacting keynote speakers and panelists, and marketing the event.


The Dragon'24 Organization
Provost's Student Advisory
Sep 2017 – Present

A group of 24 Drexel students selected for their school spirit, "leadership potential, communication skills, academic excellence" (Dragon'24 Drexel).


Drexel Communications and Marketing
Snapchat Student Representative
June 2017 – Present

Assist the Drexel Enrollment Management and Student Success team to provide prospective students with a “behind- the- scenes” view of life as a student at Drexel by serving as a student representative on the Drexel Admissions Snapchat account.

Drexel Student Ambassador Program
Student Ambassador
January 2016 – Present

Campus tour guide. Answer questions about academics and student life.

Drexel Muslim Students Association
Social Events Chair
June 2016 – June 2017

Created and coordinated a calendar of social activities. Planned parts of events such as reserving a venue location, developing a marketing plan, and budget. Advertised events on social media platforms. Discussed budget for social events with the MSA treasurer.

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