Celebrating WCH Volunteers: Meet Mariam Saybani!

April 14, 2023

We are Women’s offers the WCH community a chance to get to know each other and share our stories.

Name: Mariam Rosa Saybani

Pronouns: She/her

Title & Department: Familial Breast Cancer Research (FBCRU)

On the WCH team for: 1.5 years

1. What does your typical workday look like?

My day consists of helping the team with a variety of different tasks such as data entry and quality control, the maintenance of research files to access and retrieve, and preparing and mailing out genetic testing kits. While there, I also like to spend some time expanding my knowledge by asking questions about the study from my supervisors.

2. What excites you the most about working at WCH?

What excites me the most about being at WCH is knowing that I am part of a community in one of the best hospitals in the country, that is extremely dedicated to helping the most vulnerable populations and providing the best care and support for them. I feel extremely honoured to have the opportunity to meet such great colleagues and patients, as well as coordinators and supervisors who are always extremely kind and welcoming.

3. How does your work contribute to creating a positive patient experience?

The Familial Breast Cancer Research Unit at Women’s College Hospital provides patients with one of the most time-efficient and precise genetic testing. By taking only a small portion of an individual’s saliva, we can determine if a patient has a genetic mutation. This is extremely helpful as it allows patients to get the best possible treatment. As an individual who had one of my closest relatives diagnosed with breast cancer during the pandemic, I feel extremely dedicated to helping the FBCRU team in every possible way to ensure that the genetic tests are delivered without any error to patients in the least amount of time.

4. Tell us one to three things that your colleagues would be surprised to learn about you!

Outside of volunteering and my time at university, I love to skateboard! I spend about 3-4 times a week in the skatepark trying to land new tricks on a 13-foot halfpipe.