Hayley McKay recently graduated with a Master of Science (MSc.) from the department of Cell & Systems Biology at the University of Toronto in 2021. She conducted research, wrote, and defended her dissertation on the genetic pathways underlying male and female flower development in Cannabis sativa.
In addition to studying molecular genetics, Hayley writes about science in an effort to connect and engage more people in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). She believes science communication (scicomm) is crucial for mitigating misinformation about important topics like health and environmental issues in today’s society.
She also believes in the value of art and thinks art can play an important role in engaging the general public with science. Her stories aim to incorporate artistic, historical and cultural perspectives into discussions about science.
When she isn’t in the lab or writing stories, Hayley likes to dance, ski and hike on the Bruce Trail.