I'm a recent graduate of the Applied Physics and Materials Science department at Caltech and a former Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow. While at Caltech, I worked on macromolecular biophysics and the development of artificial protein mimics with James Heath in the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering division. I'm also a graduate of the Nanotechnology Engineering program at the University of Waterloo, a multidisciplinary program that somehow manages to prepare you for everything and nothing.
Like many Canadian expats, I discovered national pride only after I left my native land. I've since been an avid traveler, living and working abroad in Europe, China and the US. I chronicled my experience living in Tokyo working for a giant evil Japanese corporation in my blog, which I still update from time to time. I'm currently embarking on a world tour, and have no fixed address.
I enjoyed being a barista during college, and have skirted the line of being a molecular gastronomy food snob during grad school. I still reserve the right to pull out some coffee or sous-vide snobbery at my discretion. I'm also interested in the proliferation and teaching of science, and enjoy taking part in science fairs, making fun scientific videos and writing about whatever science strikes my fancy.
Contact me via email: blake at caltech dot edu.
Legacy website: caltech.edu/~blake