Kristine Loh


I am asexual and I am a chemical engineer.//


Hi! I’m currently a graduate student at the University of Minnesota studying nontoxic nanomaterials for photovoltaic light management strategies.

I love STEM outreach and plan to pursue a career as an educator, ideally at the university level. I’m deeply committed to building inclusive communities through advocacy and service work. I hope to continue these efforts throughout my career.

I actually realized that I am asexual (ace) after reading a post by another ace grad student on the 500 Queer Scientists Instagram page! I had received fairly consistent comments throughout my life, like “you seem like you like grocery shopping more than physical intimacy” and I always felt like… yes? Have you ever felt the joy of a good sale?? In retrospect, I should have noticed that this was not a “typical” response. Having that moment of realization changed my life for the better.

I am still very happily married to my spouse, and we’ve grounded our relationship on romantic intimacy. I’m very privileged to define our relationship in a way that works for both of us. I’m happy to chat more about my work, my outreach, or my ace experience!