Maryam Zaringhalam is a molecular biologist, science writer, and communicator. She is currently an American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow. She advocates for equity and inclusion in STEM-related fields, working with 500 Women Scientists to ensure science best serves the public good.
Early Life & Education
Before getting into biology, Maryam Zaringhalam developed a passion for web design at an early age. She has been involved with designing websites since she was in the seventh grade; her first website was For Horse Lovers Only .
Maryam went on to complete her Ph.D. at Rockefeller University in 2017, studying RNA biology (with computers). While there, she worked to develop a de novo approach to map the RNA modification Pseudouridine throughout the transcptome utilizing next-generation sequencing technologies. After four similar techniques were released, she conducted and published a comparative analysis of the methods. She recommended improvements to increase reproducibility and tested it in the parasite Trypanosoma brucei. Her thesis was entitled, "High-throughput Detection of Pseudouridine: Caveats, Conundrums, and a Case for Open Science."
While Maryam was in graduate school, she founded ArtLab: a blog and an event series dedicated to exploring science through the lens of art. She co-founded Science Soapbox: a podcast that discusses science, policy, and advocacy. She serves on the leadership board of 500 Women Scientists, a grassroots science advocacy organization run by women to promote and encourage women in STEM-related fields.