I spent most of my twenties living abroad. For over two years, I lived in the Republic of Vanuatu as a Peace Corps Volunteer. After, I traveled extensively through Asia and the South Pacific, and became intimately familiar with sanatoriums and phlebotomizing patients with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in Southern India. After earning my Masters of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, I worked as a semi-functional cog in the massive lumbering machine that is international HIV prevention and treatment with the US Centers for Disease Control Global AIDS Program in China. I worked and lived in Beijing–a city where the meaning of “fog” is smog and “goose” is gigolo.

In September 2017, I started my doctoral studies in geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with the intent to explore infectious disease transmission dynamics from a spatial and mathematical modeling perspective. Academically, I’m interested in networks, computer science, public health, and diseases of global health importance. When I’m able to escape the dusty confines of my favorite library nooks, I enjoy climbing (bouldering, sport climbing, trad), trail running, and fermenting things.

These are my thoughts on research, climbing, food, and other things.