I am a fourth-year PhD Candidate studying in California. My program is Biomathematics, and I am interested in mathematical modeling in neuroscience, particularly applications in mental health and psychiatry. I will be using this blog to develop the story of my growth as a scientist.  I will discuss my research progress, interesting topics I encounter in classes and seminars, and also some of the more personal aspects of my progress.

My Story


The following posts are about more personal topics such as life as a graduate student, the personal aspects of my development, making new friends, teaching experiences, developing hobbies, and beginning to put myself out there in the LGBTQ+ community on campus:


Spilling the Tea: Born This Way

April 2019 Grad School Life Updates

July 2019 Grad School Life Updates

Qualifying Exams


NSF Fellowship Application Tips

October 2020: 3rd Year PhD Begins

Asexual Awareness Week

My YouTube Channel: Quarantine P[a]h[eli]D

Confidential Resources and Information

International Women’s Day 2022

NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month)

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The following posts focus mostly on science, including my progress in research, interesting topics covered in class and in seminars, and interesting science books I might be reading:

Network Dynamics, Biophysics, and Mental Illness

First Quarter Research Progress and Ideas

Undergraduate Research Experience

High School Science and Research Introduction

Contact Me


Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you connect with any part of my experience, if you are interested in any of the science I post here, or if you are in the field (or are simply curious) and have any corrections or requests for clarification. I would be more than happy to hear from you!