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My self-summary
Hi there! I heard that there's a world outside of work, and as reluctant as I am to believe it exists, I thought it was high time I check it out. I study clinical molecular genetics, with a particular focus on neurooncology. I think my job is the most fascinating thing in the world, and I like to think that it helps a lot of people, although I think a lot of people who don't actively need my help may find it kind of horrifying, so unless you're of a similar scientific bend, you may not want to get too involved. I am rational to a fault, which you will most likely either find extremely frustrating, or endearing, depending on your own degree of rationality. I'm honest to the point that I don't do well with the normal social lies we tell to get through the day, although I kind of understand why they exist. I like to build things, fix things, and when they're both built and fixed, I like to play with things. I like to make people laugh, especially when they're upset.

I believe the greatest development in the history of mankind is ramen, followed closely by memory foam. I believe that military funding should be gutted, and given to healthcare, science, and education, in that order. Yes, I'm biased. I appreciate art, and music in particular, but I think the world would be a much better place if more people dreamed of curing cancer or developing renewable energy than of being successful artists. I think that it's important to test your beliefs empirically before you commit to them as fact. I think that evolution, sexual education, and how awesome dinosaurs are should be taught in school, from a very early age. I think that the only place for religious texts in school are in fiction and philosophy classes. I think that the world would be a better place if we all lived by factual evidence, and that to refute evidence as propaganda or fake news is immoral and destructive to society.

I have a fair idea of what I'm looking for in a partner in crime. Cleverness is my top priority, especially if it's in one of my fields of study (neuro, pathology, oncology, music). We'll probably connect better if you have some post-graduate education, or at least are very ambitious in whatever you do in life. If you're kind of geeky, we'll probably get along well. I'm nonreligious, and I'm not going to be capable of faking it for the purposes of a relationship. I will argue to resolve problems, but I try not to take things personally, and I think keeping score in arguments is unhealthy in a relationship. I'm well-trained in human anatomy, and I've been doing hand exercises for music for about 25 years, so as a result I give pretty awesome massages. I think that any two people can be happy together if they're willing to put in the effort. I think there is no true love without some element of self delusion, but that it's a benign form of insanity that makes us all better.

INTP. Chaotic neutral, bordering on chaotic good.
What I’m doing with my life
I just finished a fellowship in neuropathology specializing in diagnosing diseases of the brain, spine, peripheral nerves, and muscles. Now I'm doing a second fellowship in molecular genetic pathology, which largely focuses on interpreting the results of genetic tests for cancer and inherited diseases, including inborn errors of metabolism and hereditary cancer syndromes. My main areas of interest are pediatric and adult neuro-oncology and epigenetics.

Is that a boring answer? I'm worried that's a boring answer.

Let's make the answer I send messages in Morse code that people pick up on their fillings, but are generally only understood by crazy homeless people on the subway.
I’m really good at
Brain stuff, cancer stuff, math, guitar, piano, building things, shooting lasers at brains (no, I know that sounds like a joke, but yes seriously), impressions, making people laugh, finding awesome food. I'm not sure how good my drawing is. You can see for yourself at the bottom of the page.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I take nothing seriously.

Eventually, they realize that I take everything way too seriously.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Movies - Marvel Studios, Pixar, Star Wars (We'll pretend that the prequel trilogy never happened), Kurosawa, Sergio Leone, Hitchcock.
TV - Archer, 30 Rock, Parks and Rec, Game of Thrones, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Master of None. I will never get tired of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Authors - Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Frank Miller, Alan Moore, Douglas Adams, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, Chekov
Rock - Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, The Stones, The Kinks, The Black Keys
Classical - Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Tarrega, Villa-Lobos, and of course Beethoven and Bach. Right now I'm working on the Well Tempered Clavier, and the accursed Czerny studies.
Pandora says my favorite stations are Brazilian Jazz, Vince Guaraldi, and Van Morrison
Food - I'm pretty adventurous in this regard. I've found great restaurants with cuisine from every corner of the world in in the city. However, I do believe that somewhere in the universe is a perfect bowl of ramen waiting for me to eat it.
Six things I could never do without
My piano
Intellectual stimulation
Friendly rivalry
Sleeping in on weekends
Streaming video services
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to get something named after me so that in 100 years, med students have to learn how to pronounce my last name.

And seriously, who named a cancer gene Sonic Hedgehog? I mean honestly, now I have to put it in reports when someone has a mutation in it! It does make some beautiful tumors though...
On a typical Friday night I am
Working, hanging out with work friends, doing work at home, studying for boards, or recovering from one of the above with my piano, Netflix, and some takeout.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I gave up an insanely lucrative career because it made me so unhappy. I'm much happier with my slightly less lucrative and less stressful career.
You should message me if
You're a little bit of a mad scientist. My job is the most interesting thing in the world to me, but non-sciencey people will probably find it kind of horrifying. If you think neuroscience or oncology are awesome, love classical music, jazz, or classic R&B, and think linguistics are really interesting, we'll probably get along really well. You think books are treasures, whether for entertainment or reference.

You're looking for someone to go see the next Marvel and/or Star Wars movie with. Or you're crazy excited they made American Gods into a series.

You can deal with me having mild obsessive compulsive disorder. I'm working on it, but I know it will never be entirely fixed. As a corollary, I'm not great around pets, between my allergies and my anxiety around them. I know, I know... The upside is that the same parts of my brain that make me quirky also make me pretty entertaining.

You know that no relationship is perfect, and even with the best of intentions, conflict is inevitable, but you still think that trying is still worth the effort.

Your profile doesn't read like the very beginning or very end of Flowers for Algernon. But if you know how it reads without looking, we'll probably get along just fine.

I'll do my best not to be creepy. I hear that there's a lot of that going around from my gender on here these days.
The two of us