Pardis Balari is currently a 4th year honours biochemistry student at McMaster University. Her goal is to attend medical school after her undergraduate studies. Through her specialization, she has been able to get involved with fundamental research in the infectious disease and antibiotic resistance field at the Institute for Infectious Diseases Research (IIDR) at McMaster.
Throughout the past four years, Pardis has had many opportunities to be involved in the McMaster and the Greater Hamilton community. She has been an executive member and president of the McMaster Iranian Student Association (MISA), which has enabled her to maintain a strong connection to her Iranian roots while creating a welcoming atmosphere for other Iranian-Canadian students on campus. She has been involved with Frontier College, through which she has had the opportunity to tutor children and youth at various community centres and libraries around Hamilton. She has also been involved in the Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre as a Leader-In-Training and then camp counsellor, supporting children who have experienced the death of a close family member.