Hi, I'm Farah Qaiser!
I recently completed a Master of Science degree at the University of Toronto, where I used whole genome sequencing to better understand the genetics underlying complex neurological disorders. Here are some of my academic publications.
Previously, I completed an Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto's Mississauga campus, where I specialized in Molecular Biology.
Outside the lab...
I am involved in different science outreach, policy and communication initiatives to help build an engaging and inclusive science culture in Canada. This includes science writing & editing, public speaking, speaking to the media and developing resources.
In the past, I've co-founded a student science policy network, written 50+ pieces for various media outlets, hosted Wikipedia Edit-A-Thons and much more. Check out more below!
Currently, I serve on the Chief Science Advisor's Youth Council.
Here's a snapshot of what i've done:
Co-Founder & Past President;
Toronto Science Policy Network (TSPN)
2018 — 2020
I co-founded the first student science policy group at the University of Toronto, alongside four fellow graduate students: Sivani Baskaran, Ellen Gute, Vasa Lukich and Molly Sung.
TSPN provides a platform for students (graduate and undergraduate) and post-doctoral researchers to learn more about and engage in science policy. To date, we have engaged over 300 individuals through various skill-building workshops, panels, talks and more.
Member, Chief Science Advisor's Youth Council
I am one of the 20 members selected to serve on the Canada Chief Science Advisor’s Youth Council (CSA-YC). Our mandate includes:
Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon Organizer
2018 — Ongoing
Only 18% of English Wikipedia’s biographies are about women. To address this, I started creating and updating Wikipedia pages for Canadian scientists who belonged to various equity-seeking groups.
I've also organized Wikipedia Edit-A-Thons in Canada, including: