Raeka Aiyar, PhD, is the Senior Director of Scientific Outreach at The New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute, and an experienced molecular biologist turned science communicator. Trained in genomics and bioinformatics at the University of Waterloo, she received her PhD at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Germany, where she investigated new therapeutic strategies for mitochondrial diseases. Since then, Dr. Aiyar has dedicated her career to science communication, engaging a variety of audiences through writing, training, and outreach. As Director of Communications and Development at the Stanford Genome Technology Center and the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research Center at Stanford for 3 years, she led the Center’s scientific communications, including fundraising, scientific strategy, program management, and collaboration building. In her current role at NYSCF, she oversees communications materials and initiatives, grant proposal development, and scientific event programming.