Izzy Starr

They/Them

I am nonbinary and I am an anthropological geneticist. //

I’m an anthropologist by training but have quickly become a biologist as a PhD student. I study the evolution of human skin, focusing on how genetic variation affects skin structure and microbiome composition, and causes autoimmune response. Being outspoken about being nonbinary in academia is important to me because I want others to feel like they can be seen and that they too can make a place for themselves. I think that STEM and academia need to be rebuilt as a radically kinder, more inclusive, decolonialized, and decapitalized placeā€”I hope to be a part of the generation of scientists and academics who make it happen.