Interview with Gaius Augustus
PhD candidate & Freelance Multimedia Science Communicator
Social media links:
Facebook & Instagram: @ProcessofInQUEERy
Tell us about yourself?
I’m Gaius, a visual storyteller and PhD candidate at the University of Arizona. I started my adult life pursuing training in the fine arts as well as video production. In 2010, I change trajectories and returned to school for science. I got my bachelor’s degree in Integrative Studies with a focus on Chemistry and Biology in 2014 and immediately jumped into a PhD. I’m almost done with my graduate degree, and I will continue creating multimedia science communication for people who love learning about the world around us.
In addition to loving science and art, I’m a queer trans* person. I live in Tucson, Arizona, USA with my partner of 16 years and my 2 cats (Hikaru and Lost). I watch old forensic shows for fun, as well as play video games, create novels and comics, and dress up in cool fashions (like steampunk, lolita, cosplay). My newest challenge is making my own games!
What is your PhD about?
I’m a PhD candidate in the Cancer Biology Program at the University of Arizona. My project focuses on colorectal cancer in African Americans, who have the highest incidence of colorectal cancer in the US. My research is primarily in silico (on the computer), and I use bioinformatics, biostatistics, and epidemiology to learn more about population trends, environmental influences, and the molecular basis of how cancer grows.
As part of my PhD, I helped in the discovery that African Americans have more of a certain type of bacteria in their colons than Whites. These bacteria produce hydrogen
What is your side hustle?
I divide my side hustle into active income and passive income. For the passive part, I draw science-inspired images that I put on t-shirts and things. It’s fun to create random designs, but the active income part of my side hustle is my
Why did you start your side hustle?
I missed art! During my undergrad, I completely stopped creating. I went to school from
The next thing I knew, I was being hired by the University of Arizona Cancer Center to create these multimedia projects for them. I had so much fun with it that I decided to push forward with it. It’s been a little over a year since I started, and it’s so challenging and so rewarding that I wish I had started sooner.
does you PhD help you in your side hustle?
Simplifying complex topics is hard. It’s especially hard when you don’t know much about the topic. My PhD has been incredibly useful in honing many skills that I need:
How can readers find out more about your company?
You can find out more about what I do at my website, https://gaiusjaugustus.com. Feel free to follow my blog to learn more about me and what I do, as well as how you can be a better science communicator. If you want even more Gaius, feel free to follow me on social media. I’m the most active on Twitter and Instagram. Last, if you’d like to contact me, you can DM me on social media or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.