I like to see and experience the world from deep and unique perspectives. My passion is for helping others and understanding the beauty of cultures.
I'm a big fan of finding and creating adventures. I love running, hiking, rock climbing.
What I’m doing with my life
Currently work in cancer clinical trials research (clinical research side) for my day job as I build skills to make my ambitions for having social impact match up with financial security.
I’m really good at
Not something to openly admit, but I have a knack for bad puns. You
could call me punny.
Saying I'm really good at something implies a bit of a conceit. I
would not say that I'm good at things since I always have room to
grow. But in some sense, I am good at playing tennis, running,
writing, analyzing, listening, being imaginative, appreciating
The first things people usually notice about me
I appreciate language in all its word play and rhythms. I like to
find sarcastic and ironic moments. Generally, it's pretty clear
that I'm a sincere person devoted to my friends and causes.
People have also said that I am from many ethnicities. If only
languages were as easily acquired, I'd be septalingual by now.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books--Handmaiden's Tale, God of Small Things, Farenheit 451, 1984,
East, West, Of Mice and Men, Reading Lolita in Tehran, Gulliver's
Travels, Essays by Oliver Sacks, Anthropology books, Charlotte's
Music--Smiths, (80s british rock), billy joel, bob dylan, Ben
folds, pedro the lion, Guster, ingrid michaelson, shins, counting
crows, dmb, coldplay, red hot chilli peppers, wilco, ok
go...vivaldi, beethoven, mozart, massenet, bizet, chopin...anything
movies--waking ned divine, pan's labyrinth, persepolis, Harvey
Krumpett, birdman of alcatraz
Food--Indian, Thai, Chinese, Korean..And different cuisine in
general...My falamush now thankfully tastes like falafel.
The six things I could never do without
1. Good, sincere, (com)passionate people
3. Good books
6. Water--bodies of water and water in drinking form
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I like wrestling with large and controversial questions. I also
like engaging in discussions just talking to analyze things more
deeply. Population medicine, Cultural diversity, Neurosciene and
developmental disabilities, narratives, satire, feminist fairy
tales, I've still yet to see an Iranian one, Myths, Scientific
inventions, Being an (environmentally) sustainable and reciprocal
On a typical Friday night I am
Having dinner with friends. Or looking for something creative and
unique. Sometimes I do reserve my energy for early, catch the sun
hikes on Saturday. And I'm really not averse to staying in. It's
all about finding good times wherever those might be.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a monkey named Chimpsky. If theories were right and he could
talk, he'd tell you the story himself.
You should message me if
My schedule is pretty atypical these days and I'm mostly looking
for someone who also has an atypical schedule and would be
interested in indoor rock climbing. My hope is to go 1-2/week
during the day. If you're interested in an odd hours climbing
buddy, or have comments about public health or schroedinger's cat,
drop me a line.