I’m gay and transgender and I’m a biology PhD student. //
I work on the interface between motor and sensory systems during behavior, particularly in the auditory domain. I’m the first person in my lab to work in fruit flies rather than moths, and it’s been an incredible opportunity. Right now I’m working on some optogenetic and immunocytochemistry projects in a line I’ve been working to refine down to our neurons of interest. While I’ve been out for six years, I’ve only just come out to my PI and I’m happy to say that I’m proud to work in a lab as accepting and awesome as I do. Moving from New York to West Virginia has taught me a lot about balancing the safety of my spouse and I with my wish to be genuine. We still have a long way to go, but my hopes are that through the 500 Queer Scientists project, other LGBT+ individuals will be able see themselves represented and be inspired to pursue STEM careers themselves.