Hi! I'm Farah Qaiser.
I'm a graduate student at the University of Toronto's Molecular Genetics department. I've co-founded a student science policy network, written freelance science pieces for various media outlets, hosted Wikipedia Edit-A-Thons and much more. When not tackling my to-do list, I enjoy reading cliched dystopian books.
I am currently a Master of Science student in the Yuen lab, where I use whole genome sequencing (i.e. sequencing the entire genome) to better understand the genetics underlying complex neurological disorders. This includes epilepsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder and ataxia.
Previously, I completed an Honours Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto's Mississauga campus, where I specialized in Molecular Biology.
Science communication (i.e. the act of making science accessible) comes in many forms, including outreach, advocacy, public speaking, writing and organizing initiatives. Specifically, I am involved in different science outreach, policy and communication initiatives.
I've diversified the forms of science communication I am involved in - in order to keep learning and to meaningfully contribute in the national effort to build an engaging and inclusive science culture in Canada.