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Mina completed her Bachelor’s degree in Language Studies in her native country,  Iran, after which she moved to the UK in 2013. She then studied a diploma course in Biomedical Sciences and was awarded a Certificate of Outstanding Performance by OCN London in 2014. She went on to study for a BSc in Biomedical Science at King’s College London and graduated with a first-class honours degree in September 2019. While at King’s, Mina used molecular biology and genetics methods during an industrial placement at King’s Forensic DNA Analysis Laboratory. Her research project involved two other European universities working on ancestry informative markers, results of which have submitted for publication. After graduating, Mina worked at the Genetic Modification Service at The Francis Crick Institute as a Research Assistant, then joined the Wardle group in February 2020.