I am a first-year MSc student at ETH Zurich studying Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. Before getting here, I was a bioinformatics research assistant at Qatar Computing Research Institute. Before that, I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in Computer Science and Biological Sciences.

Love for math

My childhood has been defined by a deep fascination and love for math. As my math professor used to say: “The universe may die one day but mathematical truths; mathematical truths are eternal truths!”. I feel blessed to be a part of a species that gained the consciousness necessary to realize these truths (yes, I can’t get over the fact that the square root of 2 is provably irrational, can you?).

Chess player

Sometimes (very often) I like to play chess online! I used to play sometimes when I was young but I never realized it was a deep and well studied field in its own right; I just love the fact that there have been studies of this game for so many centuries that are relevant to this day. I enjoy watching videos about historical chess figures and theories on openings and endgames; the recent developments in artificial intelligence are also really interesting and very telling of our relationship with computers.