Priyanka Mishra has worked as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Molecular Biology & Biochemistry Department (MBB) at Simon Fraser University since January 2018. Her research interests span both bioinformatics and immunology; working to understand virus-induced neurodegenerative diseases. Priyanka is also an associate professional with the Canadian Society of Molecular Biosciences (CSMB), the Society for Canadian Women in Science & Technology (SCWIST), and the Immigrant & International Women in Science (IWS), Vancouver. Working with the leaders in the science community, she champions the importance of diversity, leadership and gender equality in STEM. As an Indian woman in science, Priyanka is strengthening her academic leadership to further advance her career trajectory in Canada. Priyanka obtained her a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of AcSIR, India in November 2017, where she researched the development of genetic markers to identify and certify plant species used in herbal medicine. Her research record of 18 peer-reviewed articles and 11 presentations at science conferences has already generated 232 citations (Google scholar), which reflects her strong leadership and recognition in her research capacities. Priyanka currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Life Sciences, a postdoc community initiative. She actively reviews numerous science journals; including the Journal of Proteomics, Microbial Pathogenesis, Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants, Genes, and Frontiers in Microbiology.