Research helped demystify my development and environment - and to help shape the changes I noticed for the better. I was inspired by renderings of physiologic and pathologic detail, writing on the concept of time and cyclicity, and the accord between musical and physiological structure.
I grew up in the countryside. Moving to the Berkeley for college was a jolt into a world in which people expected food, light, and performance at all hours; (this was especially so for friends interested in research and medicine!). I watched as friends tried to find forms of contraception that minimized side effects, as those who had delayed starting families struggled to get and stay pregnant, as family members took menopausal hormone replacement therapy, and as diabetes and reproductive cancer crept into the circle of those I love. By my late teens, the interactions among metabolism, stress, and reproductive health dominated life inside and outside the lab. I was shocked how few tools were available to help individuals identify health problems, ask questions, experiment, and find ways to improve.
As I learned about the impacts of stress, light at night, movement, and food on the body, as well as the great strides still to be made in understanding female physiology, I found something I didn't expect. There were tools at my disposal to answer personal questions that my doctors and textbooks couldn't answer. I was lucky to find wonderful mentors and friends in labs that focused on female physiology. Through the labs of Lance Kriegsfeld, Linda Wilbrecht, and Daniela Kaufer, work at Quantified Self, and collaboration with wearable companies, I learned the context through which I see the world today: rhythmic at multiple timescales, constantly changing in somewhat predictable ways, and deeply networked.
When not doing the things that occupy this site, I like to run, grow (and cook with) medicinal plants, speak sloppy French and mumble much sloppier Finnish, and follow my friends to new countries.