Hello, and welcome to The Process of InQUEERy.
I’m Gaius Augustus. I’m a graduate student in the Cancer Biology Graduate Interdisciplinary Program at University of Arizona. I’m also a queer, transgender male-ish person who tries to combine art and science to learn more about the world around us.
My core belief is that we are each powerful, ever-changing beings who are constantly learning and that we should use this to challenge the world around us and ourselves to be the best we can be.
See more at my main website!
What am I going to talk about?
You may be reading this and wondering, what could I possibly talk about in this blog? I’m hoping to concentrate on several topics:
- The bridge between social and biological sciences
- My journey learning how to code
- My unique perspective of biomedical sciences
- Chronicling my career decisions
Who am I?
My background is pretty diverse. I went to an art magnet school for middle and high school, then to a fine arts university. I learned some beginner HTML, CSS, and PHP in the 1990’s in order to make dynamic websites. When I returned to school for Chemistry & Biology after working 5 years in retail as a “Photo Specialist” (those people who print your pictures) and a Pharmacy Technician, I worked in labs that were driven by concepts of evolution.
As a graduate student, I’m constantly reading and listening and synthesizing data. My dissertation project uses bioinformatics, which Google says is “the science of collecting and analyzing complex biological data such as genetic codes”. I’d never written code for computation before, never really worked with genomic data. So I jumped into learning how to use the Command Line, and focused a lot of time on becoming competent at coding in two languages: R & Python.
Outside of grad school, I write fiction, try to hone my drawing skills, and explore concepts such as diversity, gender, and -isms.
I was raised Jewish, and while I believed in it and loved it for a long time, it hasn’t held up for me. I’ve practiced Wicca and done solitary witchcraft, and I’ve come to a spiritualistic yet areligious point in my life.
Last but not least, I am a proud partner of an amazing artist, DiAn, who is most importantly my best friend, but is also the mind behind Indigo: Sisters, a free paranormal webcomic you should read. We’ve been together since 2002, and have two cats who have always made sure we don’t run off to join the circus.
If any of this sounds interesting to you, stay tuned. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter to see random tweets about science, coding, advocacy, and art.