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About me


I'm a bioimage informatics research fellow and CZI imaging software fellow at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Previously I've been a freelance consultant, a research scientist at Melbourne Bioinformatics (University of Melbourne), a research associate at the Janelia Research Campus (where I worked with Mitya Chklovskii) and PhD student at the University of Southern California (where I studied computational biology under by Xianghong Jasmine Zhou).

Together with my mentor, Stéfan van der Walt, and my friend, Harriet Dashnow, I co-wrote Elegant SciPy, a book about effective and elegant uses of the SciPy (scientific Python) library. If you like it, please buy a DRM-free digital copy! (Or a hard copy!)

I love movies and my four favourites are American Beauty, The ProfessionalDark City, and Moonrise Kingdom.

My favourite TV show is Futurama, by miles.

My favourite videogames are The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo64), Portal (PC), Ninja Gaiden Σ (PS3), and Super Mario Odyssey (Switch).

I'm an avid skier, climber, and cyclist.

Here are two very nice quotes that are quite close in content but separated in time:

"There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach."

J.R.R. Tolkien, in The Return of the King

"I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me, but it's hard to stay mad when there's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much. My heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst. And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain, and I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life."

Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey), in American Beauty (written by Alan Ball)

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