I am gay and I am a biochemist. //
I am a PhD candidate at the Institute for Protein Design at UW in Seattle. My thesis work is designing switchable proteins to cage protein activity dependent on selective activation. I am working with synthetic biologists to engineer new cellular behavior in the context of engineered cell therapy. Ultimately, my goals are to transfer to industry to develop therapies that ultimately cure disease. Since I came out in undergrad, I pledged to myself to never hide that I had a boyfriend, male fiance, or husband in my professional life. Now, I live in Seattle with my fiance and network with other LGBT graduate students to create a visible queer population on the UW campus. Outside the lab, you’ll find me backpacking in the mountains, cycling around the Puget Sound, or at one of Seattle’s many breweries.