Title: Science communication: Expanding the impact and understanding of research
Speaker: Raeka Aiyar, PhD, Vice President Scientific Outreach, The New York Stemm Cell Foundation Research Institute
Abstract: Raeka Aiyar, Ph.D., is the Vice President of Scientific Outreach at the NYSCF Research Institute. She is a molecular biologist turned science communicator, with over a decade of experience in helping scientists to write about, talk about, and fund their research. Trained in bioinformatics at the University of Waterloo, she received her Ph.D. at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Germany studying functional genomics. Since her postdoctoral work, Dr. Aiyar has spent years exercising her passion for science communication, engaging a variety of audiences through writing, training, and outreach. As Scientific Communications Officer at EMBL, she supported all of her lab’s manuscripts, presentations, and grants for several years. She next served the broader genetics research community as Communications and Engagement Manager at the Genetics Society of America, where she worked closely with journal editors. As Director of Communications and Development at the Stanford Genome Technology Center, she led a wide range of efforts in scientific strategy, fundraising, research project management, conference planning, and collaboration building. In her current role at NYSCF overseeing scientific communications and outreach, she supports NYSCF’s researchers through science writing, communications training, collaboration building, and grant application strategy. She leads the dissemination of NYSCF's research through communications materials and initiatives as well as scientific event programming, including overseeing their annual conference. She also provides scientific guidance to NYSCF's extramural grant programs for postdoctoral fellows and early career researchers, and leads the organization's diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) efforts across grantmaking, communications, events, and internal staff affinity groups.
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