IWS Toronto (GTA) Leaders (City and Senior leaders)
Aniesha Sherine - IWS City Leader
Born into a wonderfully diverse family with a mix of two south Indian states, I value multiculturalism and unity in diversity. I am an experienced genetic diagnostic researcher working on clinical patient samples to genetically decode clinical manifestations. I had worked as a Research Associate with a genetic, research and data company before coming to Canada. I also have a MSc in Applied Microbiology and a BSc in Biotechnology. I worked on multiple projects in academic research and contributed to various publications. I believe in three Cs – ‘Consistency, Commitment and Compassion’ and I am currently volunteering for two causes that are close to my heart. One as a medical/science writer contributing to cancer information resources to create awareness for the well-being of pets with cancer. Second for women empowerment in STEM. I am also a mother, teacher, motivator, and cheerleader.
Muna Farah - IWS City Leader
I am a first-generation Somali-Canadian who has spent half of her life abroad and the other half incrementally in Canada. My science journey started when I left everything behind me. I left at the age of 19 to study overseas. I received my medical degree from Capital Medical University in Beijing, China. While at university, I was simultaneously cultivating a passion for teaching, as well as, working with grassroots and international aid organizations. I am currently in the licensure process in Canada, and it has been a long journey filled with many obstacles, but with hardship comes ease. Through my journey, I have also developed an interest in global health ethics. I believe that health is a human right, and there is a collective responsibility to ensure equitable access to healthcare globally. I am particularly committed to translating ethical concepts to the wider public. Joining the IWS family was a natural fit, as our values and principles are very much aligned.
Giulia Cisbani - IWS Senior Leader (Member of IWS NLB)
I started my career in science at the University of Milan with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Industrial Biotechnology. Subsequently, I moved to Canada where I started my journey in neuroscience at Université Laval in Quebec, completing my PhD. Although I had the opportunity to work on several projects, my primary focus was on cell replacement strategies for Huntington’s disease. After my PhD, I became a lab manager in the same research center where I conducted my doctoral studies. Of late, I moved to Toronto and after a brief period at the no-profit organization Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada as research specialist, I went back to the bench to follow my passion for research as postdoctoral researcher.
Outside the work setting, I love hiking, skiing, yoga and reading a good book.