Gaius J. Augustus, PhD

Creative and Independent Thinker

I believe in taking a creative approach to problem-solving while implementing new technologies and solid analytical practices.
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Creative mindset

Solving problems often means breaking out of the box. I believe that embracing new tech and collaborating with other diverse thinkers are essential components of solving the most difficult problems.

Lifelong learner

I taught myself web development in middle school. Took physics for fun in high school. I learned animation while in film school. Returning to university for science, I joined 2 research labs, and then jumped into a new field for my PhD. I love learning new things.

Integrity & Honesty

I take pride in everything that I do, which means it needs to be done correctly and efficiently. This is never done in a vacuum, requiring effective communication and respect for others’ time and expertise. That’s the quality I bring to every project.

My first career path was art. I went to a fine arts high school and university, where I learned drawing, painting, sculpting, graphic design, and video production.

Now, I integrate my artistic and scientific skills to complete and communicate projects.

I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in 2014, majoring in Integrative Studies. This program was dedicated to giving motivated students the ability to customize a course plan in order to pursue a specific career goal. I chose a balance of Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology courses to get a good foundation for my continued education in the biomedical sciences.

For my PhD, I continued to integrate fields, learning bioinformatics, statistics, and epidemiology to try to tease apart risk factors and mechanisms that drive cancer progression. I was particularly interested in focusing on health disparities, hoping that my small contribution to the scientific body of knowledge might improve the lives of underserved patient populations.

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Every project – whether creative, scientific, or policy driven – requires strong communication skills. In addition to my PhD work, I joined the University of Arizona Cancer Center communications team to improve those skills. I brought my visual background to the team, creating infographics and animations about recent research. But I also learned a lot about crafting scientific stories for multiple audiences.

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Let’s Connect!

I’m a trans* non-binary person who loves a challenge and wants to make the world a better place.
And I’m hoping to find a team that will allow me to grow while making a difference.