Thanks for stopping by- I hope you’ll take a look around. All the interesting stuff is in the blog, but if you want to know a bit about me, here ya go.
My name is Victoria, and I’m an MD/PhD student in the clinical years of my degree. That means I’ve completed my undergraduate degree (a B.S. in Biochemistry), the first two ‘Pre-clinical’ years of med school, my PhD (in Pharmacology and Physiology, specifically the effects of chronic alcohol consumption on signal transduction in the liver), and am now putting it all together on the hospital floors.
I like to look at everything through the lenses of evolutionary biology. I was raised in a house with more pictures of Charles Darwin than of my grandparents (true story), and my middle name pays homage to the geologist Charles Lyell. Evolution has always been in my genes on and my mind.
I’m fascinated by the natural world, with a deep love of science. I enjoy thinking about biological principles and mechanisms especially in an evolutionary light. Biology is marvelously complex, but while understanding the details and intricacies is fascinating (and vital for the understanding of human health and disease), I believe that the greatest benefit comes from first considering the broadest aspects of our evolutionary past so we can best understand our interactions in the modern world.
The phrase ‘benchtop to bedside’ is sometimes used to describe the role of physician-scientist MD/PhD. I prefer a slightly wider approach- converting broad scientific principles into practical applications for better health. What I write about here are my ramblings, musings, and general thoughts on a broad range of topics, loosely focused around my interests in preventative medicine and primary care practice, always casting an eye towards the evolutionary pressures that brought us to where we are today.
Of course this blog is for educational purposes only.