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 complex neurological disorders. Here are my academic publications.
Previously, I completed an Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto, where I specialized in Molecular Biology.
Outside the lab...
I'm 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 training 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, and on the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences' Trainee Comittee.
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
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: