I’m gay as hell and I’m a PhD candidate in experimental medicine. //
LGBTQIA+ visibility in academia (and particularly in STEM fields) has always been very important to me as, growing up, I didn’t really have a lot of people to look up to. Studying synthetic biology, it was nice to have Jay Keasling (UC Berkeley) around as a kind of representative of our community in the field, but I came to find out that there were many more queer folks about, but that there was a sort of lingering fear about being open with colleagues. At Oxford, I’ve tried to be as visible and as gay as possible and have created collaborations with other colleges to throw events catered at LGBTQIA+ representation here. I hope to continue doing this in the future!