I spent most of my twenties living abroad. For over two years, I lived in the Republic of Vanuatu as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I’ve traveled extensively through Asia and the South Pacific, and I’m intimately familiar with sanatoriums and collecting blood samples from 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. Although my lungs got noticeably more lethargic, I fell hopelessly in love with the proverbial Middle Kingdom.

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. However, despite how much I love what I study, by far the most joyous part of life is the intermittent stints of living a nomadic lifestyle, enjoying the beautiful natural spaces of this incredible planet, and feasting on the various cuisines of this world.

Here’s my thoughts on academia, climbing, food, and travel.