Farah Qaiser is a graduate student at the University of Toronto, where she uses DNA sequencing to better understand neurological disorders. When not in the lab, Farah is involved in various science policy, outreach and communication initiatives in an effort to build an engaging and inclusive science culture here in Canada. Of note, Farah writes stories about science and scientists for various media outlets, has led Wikipedia Edit-A-Thons to address the encyclopedia’s gender biases, and is one of the co-founders of the Toronto Science Policy Network.

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