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Kimberly Skead

University of Toronto
Doctoral Student, Department of Molecular Genetics
Kimberly Skead is a doctoral student in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto where she is focused on developing machine learning tools to identify patients at risk of cancer or heart disease from tracing patterns of blood cell evolution in Canadian and African populations. She is a former research assistant at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, current Research Program Coordinator for the Canadian Data Integration Centre and the National Scientific Coordinator for the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project. She previously completed a Hon. BSc in Global Health and Genome Biology at Trinity College, University of Toronto. Kimberly is a News Writer for the Global Health Next Generation Network and a former member and project assistant for the International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation Cameroon Team where she investigated the state of inclusive education for children with disabilities in Cameroon. Her work in Cameroon is continued through her work with Open Dreams; an organization tasked to empower disadvantaged youth and provide access to international education opportunities. Additionally, she is the former Program Development and Fundraising Officer for the Kenya Association for Maternal and Neonatal Health and sits on their Executive Advisory Board. Kimberly is a managing fellow of the Reach Project and previously was a member of the South Africa research team where she investigated the mechanisms employed to increase birth registration rates in post-Apartheid South Africa.